Preparing for Joaquin

Since I am, like many on the East Coast, preparing for Joaquin and its possible effects over the next several days,  I wanted to repost so tips I have on preparing for any kind of storm. While preparation is the best way to make sure you minimize damage and inconvenience, if you are told to evacuate,please do so. Make sure that your preparations are n line with the warnings for your area, and stay informed- these kinds of storms are very unpredictable and can change for good or ill in a very small time.