While watching CBC Newsworld on Sunday morning, wanting to see what Tropical Storm/Hurricane Sandy was up to (and learning about the 7.7 magnitude quake off our West Coast), the network's Washington reporter came on with his report on how people in the Capitol were preparing for the heavy winds and rains that are expected tomorrow.
He talked about duct-taping windows and buying up bottled water then he held up a large freezer bag.
"This is what authorities want everyone to buy, as well," he said (and I'm paraphrasing). "You fill these with water and put them in the freezer. When the power goes out, you can keep the stuff in your freezer and fridge cold and once the ice melts, you'll have water for drinking."
A concern for this storm since he'd mentioned earlier the "left hook that is unusual for a tropical storm", meaning the snow that's expected at higher elevations. That could put power out for days.
The freezer bag of water is a brilliant idea so fellow Maritimers, take note. We lose our power enough times before of storms that this is an idea worth using.