Much if not all of the east coast of the United States nervously awaited what was being dubbed "The Storm of the Century" to come ashore. Indications of a major weather event had been in the news for nearly a week beforehand and with each passing hour the news was becoming even more dire. Local authorities were warning residents to prepare for severe conditions with heavy rain and high winds.
In our own community emergency organizations were getting themselves prepared by reviewing procedures and checking the readiness of their equipment. Crews were being scheduled to staff centers around the clock for the duration of "Frankenstorm." This included the members of the North Penn Volunteer Fire Company in North Wales, the little borough where I was raised and where I am still a member. Knowing that my days of riding the tailboard of a fire truck are long past (they don't even do that anymore) I decided to provide another valuable service. I offered to feed the crews who were standing by in the station to respond to any emergency that might arise. Under normal conditions the fire fighters and EMT personnel respond from home in an emergency, but with the storm of this magnitude it might not be possible to get to the firehouse, hence the round the clock staffing of those willing and able to stay there.