A little more than a year since Tropical Storm devastated Windham County and the rest of Vermont, and emergency crews and town officials are once again preparing for the worst.
This time Sandy's due to pay a visit, but don't let the sweet name fool you - weather forecasters predict she could be just as cruel as Irene, if not moreso.
It's still hard to tell at this point if Hurricane Sandy will hit us head on or if it will swing one way or the other and spare us the brunt of its ferocity.
It's also worth remembering, that just because a storm in headed our way, it doesn't mean we're in for a re-visit to the scenes that greeted us on Aug. 30, 2011. There were specific circumstanced that caused Irene to stall out over our headed and flood our rivers, streams and homes.
Still, it doesn't hurt to be prepared.
Whether it's refreshing our home and vehicle emergency kits (or building them from scratch), securing our home and property to protect them from the winds, making sure we have enough water and food to last through a long power outage or going over emergency evacuation plans with family members, it's always a good idea to be ready for the worst.
In situations such as this it pays to be diligent ... and patient.
For now, we'll play the waiting game and see which way Sandy chooses to move.
And we'll remember the lessons we learned in the aftermath of last year's floods.
By sticking together, a community can survive just about anything. Standing shoulder to shoulder we can withstand the worse nature and humanity can throw at us.
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