As I begin to stare down Flo hitting us this weekend here is a place to post your tips on preparing for a hurricane. We're about 100 miles inland just west of Raleigh NC. Looks like Flo is coming to town and going to dump a boatload of rain. We should be OK flood-wise, our house is 100 feet in elevation above and 1/4 miles away from the nearest creek. If she hits as a Tropical Storm by the time she makes it inland to Raleigh our trees should be OK, category 1 or above is anyone's guess. Here's one: Put some containers of water into your freezer well before the storm hits. Milk jugs work well for this. Once frozen they'll help it ride out a power outage. A full freezer will stay colder longer than a half-full one. Before the heavy weather hits, take your ice cube bin, especially if you have a through the door dispenser, and dump it into a cooler. Transfer the things you'll need on a regular basis (milk, half&half, soft drinks, beer, lunch meat, mayo, jelly, etc) into the cooler so you don't need to open the refrigerator often. Keeping it closed will help it stay colder longer. Getting the ice cubes out of the bin will save you having to clean up the mess as they start to melt. Turn off the ice maker by raising the wire sensor. You can stick the ice cubes into a ziplock bag and stick them back in the bin or into your refrigerator section to help keep it cold longer. You just want to make sure the melting ice is contained. Foods like prepared dinners, frozen fruit and vegetables, pizzas and ice cream will thaw pretty quickly. Frozen meat will stay frozen longer if you don't open the freezer. Get your propane tanks filled for your grill in case you need to have an impromptu cook-out with the thawed contents of your freezer. Anyone else in the path?