Expect the best, prepare for the worst.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.

The antidote for anxiety is action!

Now that we have stopped watching the fear-mongering hysterics on television we can get busy being useful. Let’s calmly walk, not run, to either prepare our homes to be a safe nest during the storm or evacuate to a temporary haven. Breathe deeply and be a leader for yourself and your family by exuding confidence and competence. And if you aren’t feeling it, fake it ’til you make it. Here are five websites with good, common sense tips to help us keep focused:

1. From the American Red Cross: Prepare Your Home and Family

2. A State-by-state Guide to Hurricane Sandy

3. Hurricane Preparedness Videos! 

4. How Pregnant Women, New Parents Can Prepare for a Hurricane

5. Urging Citizens to Prepare for Storm

6. ASPCA Urges Pet Owners to Plan Ahead

7. Town Issues Hurricane Tips

Once you’ve done everything you reasonably can, relax, get as cozy as you can wherever you are and enjoy that feeling of a job well done as the winds blow outside.