Just wanted to re-emphasize this for everyone:
If you have anything loose in your yard or on your deck, stoop or patio, bring it inside! This includes patio furniture, garbage cans, potted plants, toys, gardening equipment, construction materials and anything else that could be picked up and thrown.
A Category 1 hurricane (like Irene) can easily pick up any object and punch them through a window OR wall and injure or kill.
Ten minutes of work today will make a big difference tomorrow.