Andie M. Hayes

Author | Artist

So You're Stuck in the Middle of a Hurricane...

So! As I’m sure you’ve noticed, hurricane season is here in full force.

And I have to admit, I always seem to find myself surprised at the amount of people surprised by the coming in of harsh winds, wild waves, and destruction that hits the Northwestern Hemisphere from April-October. It’s as if no one realizes that this happens EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR.  But, I digress. The storms are here now and all we can do is sit snug in our homes and ride them out. At least, that’s what I’m planning to do.

And that’s what this post is about: what to do when a hurricane hits.

Well, there are quite a few things out there to pass the time and, if you’re really creative, there are more than a few things out there. But I’m only going to list five. That’s right. 5. If you want a longer list, you’re gonna have to head over to Pinterest. Haha!

But let’s get this hurricane party started.

So you’ve got your snacks; you fought the crazies for cases of water; you bought batteries and flashlights and canned EVERYTHING. You filled your bathtub with water so you can flush the toilet; you put your valuables in plastic bags; you did everything you could think of doing to be prepared and now the big day is here. The wind is howling, the trees are swaying, the lights are flickering. In a few minutes the power’s going to be out and you’re gonna be stuck on your sofa staring at the ceiling in an effort to conserve battery power, you know, in case of an emergency.

But this is an emergency too! The city’s shut down; your ipad is on 2% and Irma is steadily ripping her way through the town. Whatever are you to do??

Well friends, luckily for you, I’ve got a few ideas.

1)   Read a book. I know, I know. LAME. But seriously, reading can be really fun, even if you’re not a nerd like me. Try reading something scary— a thriller, a murder mystery. With the thunder crashing and the wind howling, the setting is already set! All that’s left is a great plot and some stellar story telling.

2)   Catch up with your family. (Lamer than the last one, right?) But honestly, one thing I’ve realized over the past few years is that if you don’t talk to your family now, right now, something might happen before you ever get the chance. How did your parents meet? How did your grandparents meet? What really happened that summer your uncle broke his leg at the lake? Something. Anything! You’re all stuck at home with no power anyway. Why not make the best of it?

3)   Start a new hobby. Something that DOESN’T require electricity or the internet. One thing I really admire about generations past is that they were totally self-sufficient. Like those people didn’t need stores for anything! Now, I’m not saying go out and buy a butter churn or a couple of chickens, but how about something like learning to knit or anything with your hands really. You know, all that hipster stuff everyone’s always talking about.

4)   Bake something! If you’re like me, your power isn’t out yet, and it probably won’t go out. But even still, my entire city is under a kind of a curfew (no one on the streets past 4 am Monday night). So one of my favorite things to do during a storm is to make something super tasty to snack on while I’m doing a whole lot of nothin’. Honestly, I don’t need a reason to bake. But the fact that it’s cold and rainy just calls for a house filled with the smell of delicious baked goods if you ask me. And if you don’t know how to bake, why not start now? Everything is trial and error anyway, right?

5)   Catch up on some TV. Again, if you still have power, this is a perfect way to spend the day. And if your family is anything like mine, the DVR is FULL. We’ve got our favorite shows, classic movies, cartoons, and of course, plenty of reality TV just waiting to be binged. So why not sit back with some warm cookies and clear out the queue?

Now I’m sure there’s lot of other stuff out there for you to do today and this is a very short list, but these are few of my family’s favorites. What do you and yours like to do “when the weather outside is frightful?” 

Drop me a line! Maybe someone else could use the help too!