A full day before Hurricane Sandy hit our area, the schools had already closed for Monday and Tuesday. After a split second of griping with the other working moms in my community, I instantly sprang into action, lining up child care backup plans.
Because the most extreme weather isn't expected until mid-afternoon today, we offered to host a neighborhood play date this morning. When their friends are over, my girls will actually let me get some work done, in between snacks. Plus, my own kids are guaranteed to get sick of each other after two whole days together, so this is a protective measure before the hurricane-force winds really hit our area. I don't want a storm both inside and outside the house.
Next, my husband and I downloaded any documents we'll need to work on from home for the next few days, in case the Internet goes out and it's too dangerous to go out on the roads. We charged up cell phones, laptops, the portable DVD player and the inflatable mattress. And naturally, we stocked up on water, batteries and tuna fish kits.
How are you preparing for Hurricane Sandy? How have you managed other natural disasters that throw off your work-life balance?
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