If you have a sewer intake in front of your house or business, help keep it clear of leaves.
For flood prone areas, move everything off basement floors.
Here is the full statment from Mike De George:
The city of Buffalo and the Department of Public Works are reminding residents to be prepared as Hurricane Sandy could affect our area over the next few days.
Right now forecasters are predicting heavy rains, high winds and possible power outages.
You are reminded:
To make sure flash lights are working.
If you have a street receiver(sewer)in front of your house or business, if you can safely keep it clear of leaves with a rake or shovel, that will help reduce possible street flooding issues.
For houses in flood prone areas near a creek or stream, move everything off basement floors as a precaution, also make sure your sump pump is in good working order.
Also any down power line should be treated as "live" and you should let the proper authorities handle the situation.