As the political situation was developing, military officials were bracing for a series of attacks over the Christmas week.
With people increasingly willing to criticize the Government openly, officials are bracing themselves.
At the area's schools, officials are bracing for another surge of student immigrants in the fall.
Israeli officials are bracing themselves for indictments against other Israeli diplomats known to have been involved in the case.
But behind the scenes, the same officials were bracing themselves for a medical catastrophe.
But officials also braced for planned street protests on Wednesday against the increasingly unpopular troop deployment.
Though officials in Miami are bracing for as many as 100,000 people, she would be thrilled by a turnout of 30,000.
While no one would estimate how many panda fans might descend on the zoo, officials are bracing for at least 2,000 people an hour.
As the waters recede, officials are bracing for a possible epidemic of diarrhea.
At Yale Law School, officials are bracing for too many students.