We had candles! We had flashlights! We had emergency food and an emergency radio and gallons of water in jugs and a refugee spending the night (a friend whose apartment was closer to sea level than ours)!
And then Irene hit, and it rained and gusted, and when we woke up in the morning and went looking for scenes of devastation, we saw this:
So, yeah, the damage to our particular block was really, um, minimal.