Ike is making a lot of news. Coverage seems to be around the clock. We're not in an evacuation area, but my job is. So we left work early. Fortunately, we have plywood already cut for the windows--done back when I was unemployed. Today I got some Thompson's water seal and applied it to the wood before putting the wood up on the windows. I was able to treat all but one board. I wish I had purchased a sprayer for applying the water seal; the stuff is thin and would have covered more if I had had a sprayer. Else, having had two previous hurricane threats, we're pretty prepared.