During hurricane season, one must be constantly vigilant and prepared. Be it just a tropical storm or a Category 4 monster, these storms are nothing to joke about.
However, when your power is out and it’s been three days, you might start to get a bit of cabin fever. This is especially true if there’s flooding and you can’t exactly go out. So here I am, ready to rescue you from the throes of boredom of impending hurricanes. This is a nerdy guide to surviving hurricanes, because, well, you know who we are.
Get Batteries; Charge Everything
We’re all dependent on our phones, laptops, and tablets. It’s just a fact of 21st century life. You need to make sure all your electronics are at 100% before the storm hits. Buy extra batteries (AAs and AAAs especially), check what batteries your electronics use (especially flashlights), and get portable battery packs so you can recharge your phone and tablet.
Your laptop will only last so long, so make sure to turn it onto battery saver and close out any background processes. These things, as well as turning down your brightness, will help it last as long as possible.
Download Shows, Podcasts, & Games
Chances are your internet will either be out or unreliable during a major storm. So before it hits, download all the shows you want to binge on your laptop, tablet, or phone. Same goes for games. Many streaming platforms will let you download straight to your device if you have an account, so make good use of that. Podcasts are a great way to kill some hours as well, and require less battery power than television shows, movies, and games. Download a bunch ahead of time and enjoy yourself!
Just remember, you do want to conserve your battery life, so don’t go on TOO much of a bender.
Play Tabletop Games & Board Games
A great way to pass the time, especially if you’re with friends and family, is to bust out some non-technologically inclined games. Huddle around some flashlights and candles and start a D&D campaign, perhaps the storm will even add some atmospheric sound effects for you. Settlers of Catan is also a great choice, or maybe try a new game you’ve never even heard of! Get adventurous.
Or you can start a Monopoly or UNO game and it’ll last you the whole hurricane and make you a whole new slew of enemies at the same time!
Read A Book/Comic Book
You can’t go wrong here. There’s something quite romantic about reading a book by candlelight as a storm rages on outside. Get lost in a totally different world and block out the rest. You can read an old favorite like Harry Potter or perhaps grab a new book from your local library or bookshop. Also, grab a comic book or seven! They’re fun to read and look at. We suggest Captain Marvel or The Sandman.
Always been wanting to write that book? Comic series? Podcast? Screenplay? Well, what are you waiting for? Grab a pen, some paper, some sort of light source, and go for it! What better origin story for your best seller than on a dark stormy night? If you have the time, plan out what you want to write, get a new notebook for the occasion even. Use a really fun pen. Make it an event.
Sleep Through The Hurricane
Hey, if you can sleep through a hurricane, you should. It passes the time, for one. Secondly, it’s probably needed. None of us get enough sleep, it’s time to catch up on some Z’s.
Not getting bored it one thing. It’s a luxury thing really. The most important aspect of getting through a hurricane it staying safe. So make sure you have enough water and non-perishable food for at least three days. Fill up your bath tub prior to the storm to use for cleaning and flushing the toilet. Take care of your pets! Make sure they have food, water, and something like a Thundershirt or calming treats to help them through the stress of the storm.
If your power goes out and there’s flooding inside your home, turn off all electricity via your breaker, in case it comes back on unexpectedly and you put yourself at risk of being electrocuted through the water. Board up windows if winds will be strong in your area, protect your car, and use common sense. If things are dicey, get out.
Good luck, nerds! It’s windy out there.