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What To Do When You’re Waiting Out A Hurricane

Down here, we’re no strangers to Hurricanes. Hell, I had a baby in one of them. And I can tell you, often times, the waiting is the hardest part. The waiting for it…the waiting it out…there’s really a lot of waiting. And if you’ve waited this long, there’s no going anywhere. All you can do is buckle in and wonder…Will this be The Storm of the Century or The Greatest Giant Tropical Overreaction Ever?

Time will tell. But in the meantime, there are several things you can do (here’s a great “How to Get Ready for a Hurricane List”) when there’s really only so much you can do. Of course, the guy on the news is spouting strong opinions about what you should do when you have one coming at you, but all in all, when it comes storms, we shouldn’t play around. Or maybe we should. What I’m trying to say is, here’s what I’d do:


  • 10 Things You Can Do While You’re Waiting To Wait Out A Hurricane 1 of 11
    10 Things You Can Do While You're Waiting To Wait Out A Hurricane
    The waiting is the hardest part.
  • 1. Turn off the TV. 2 of 11
    1. Turn off the TV.
    No, that needs to be even stronger. For God's sake, TURN OFF THE TV. Because according to the TV news (which is rocking it on the ratings right now) we're all going to die. In fact, according to them, you're actually already dead. And dead people don't watch TV. So turn it off. Image source
  • 2. Get the Hurricane App. 3 of 11
    2. Get the Hurricane App.
    Download an application to your smartphone that can keep you posted of news without all the drama (see #1). It can also notify people where you are, and if you need help or are safe. The Red Cross has a Hurricane App available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. A First Aid app is also available. This will be awesome until your phone runs out of power.
  • 3. Make a Drink. 4 of 11
    3. Make a Drink.
    The best hurricanes involve rum. Here's the best hurricane recipe.
  • 4. Make a Plan. 5 of 11
    4. Make a Plan.
    Before you start making this plan, remind yourself that no one knows what's going to happen (even the guy on TV, see #1), so just do the best you can. Key things to try and achieve: Stay inside but out of a trailer. Stay off the top of tall buildings. And avoid being underwater and/or drinking/preparing food with tap water until you are sure it's not contaminated. The rest should take care of itself. Image source
  • 5. Plan to have no electricity. 6 of 11
    5. Plan to have no electricity.
    If the storm is worth its salt, you will lose power. This is usually the biggest pain about a storm. One time, we didn't have power for about a month. Plan accordingly. For real. Think through all that food you're storing when the refrigerator is gone. (Tuna fish and Nutella are your friends.) And flashlights are better than candles. Image source
  • 6. Plan to have a lot of down time without electricity. 7 of 11
    6. Plan to have a lot of down time without electricity.
    Boardgames and card games with the kids. Other games after the kids are asleep. Just think how many babies will be born next July/August. I predict some will be named Sandy. Image source
  • 7. Get to know your neighbors. 8 of 11
    7. Get to know your neighbors.
    If you've never introduced yourself to your neighbors, now's the time. You never know, they might have a generator. Image source
  • 8. Tie everything down. 9 of 11
    8. Tie everything down.
    Bring everything outside in. If you have anything involving propane, turn it off. And find all your important documents -- passports, Social Security cards, birth certificates, deeds -- put them somewhere you can grab them, preferably in a watertight container. Trust me on this one. Image source
  • 9. Be prepared for anything. 10 of 11
    9. Be prepared for anything.
    Even if that anything turns out to be nothing more than a big rainstorm (see #1). Image source
  • 10. Come to grips with the fact that youre not in control. 11 of 11
    10. Come to grips with the fact that youre not in control.
    If you've done 1-9, there's not a heck of a lot more you can do. Just batten down, get ready and try to enjoy the ride. Image source

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