Those of you in the path of Hurricane Irene should now be in the process of girding for it, and getting ready to hunker down. (That's the Hurricane Preparedness Rule: "Gird, THEN hunker.") To help you with this process, here's a hurricane-preparedness guide I wrote for South Florida some years ago. At risk of sounding immodest, I believe this guide is every bit as useless and inaccurate today as it was the day I wrote it.
Good luck, people in the path. If I could, I would send you the 17 dozen "C" cell batteries that I purchased in 1997 and have been saving for exactly the right emergency moment.