We lived in South Florida during Hurricane Andrew. Just before Andrew hit Florida, there was no hysteria, no run on the stores, no shortage of batteries and generators. People were not concerned. After Andrew and the devastation it brought, we learned a lesson. Be prepared.
Many in the Northeast have gathered food and supplies, charged their electronics, and battened down the hatches.
Also, friends, you should keep this information handy: The American Red Cross.
Stay in touch, reach out if you are in need, be careful and follow instructions.
We are praying for you!