New York was plunged into darkness, and millions went without power for days. High surf caused extreme flooding that washed away the homes and livelihoods of countless people living along the Jersey Shore. Even a mighty steel rollercoaster, a landmark of amusement that seemed so foreign to the devastation and power of the destruction was toppled into the sea. For millions of others, heavy rains, snow, and high winds interrupted lives and paused any sense of day-to-day normality. Hurricane Sandy was one of the most severe storms in recent memory, in part due to its landfall so far north. As the rest of the country watched the devastation unfold on their television screens every night, and then the cleanup efforts began in earnest when Sandy had finally blown herself out, a universal question was asked: What could have been done to prevent this? For preventing the disaster altogether, sadly the answer is nothing. Hurricanes are a force of nature, and for those unlucky enough to live in their path, it is simply a fact of life. However, when it comes to the damage and impact on a person’s life, there are many steps that can be taken to mitigate the consequences. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has put together a list of precautions to take and supplies to have on hand in the event of a hurricane. For anyone living in a zone at risk for these powerful storms, reading up on what you can do to prepare is a must.