From the October 2013 magazine.

October 2013: Water Water Everywhere

We now have the tools to deal with disaster—especially of our own making

I was one of those AA members who lived in the path of Hurricane Sandy. So in anticipation of the possibility of losing power, before the storm hit I decided to do my laundry. I had just finished transferring a load from the washer into the dryer when a good friend from out of state phoned. She said, “Lindalou, fill your bathtub with water so you can use it to flush the toilet in case your water shuts off.” I took her suggestion not knowing if it would be necessary, but thinking it was best not to tempt fate. I had candles, flashlights and wood for the fireplace and thought I was in...

-- Lindalou L.

Calverton, New York