When Florence Comes to Town, We All Hunker Down

Hurricane Florence is coming, which means that any plays, concerts or festivals you planned for the weekend are probably canceled. It also means that you should definitely stay inside, so here are some tips for staying sane while you lock yourself indoors for the next several days. Happy hunkering! 

1. Make like a middle school sleepover and gather up some board games. 

There's a good chance that the power will go out, which means that laptop battery will have to be conserved for emergencies — which unfortunately won't include streaming the latest season of "Jane the Virgin." Fill your days with Battleship and you might even enjoy a week living in a dark cave.

2. Download these apps to make your hurricane experience a little safer: 

  • GasBuddy — if you need to evacuate last minute and are looking for a place to fill up your tank, GasBuddy can help you find open pumps near you.
  • NOAA Weather Radar — the generic weather app that comes on your phone is great when you're deciding whether to wear a sweater in the morning, but in this situation, the radar is the way to go. See which way the storm is headed and how much longer you will be living in a prison of your own home.
  • Expedia — ideally you'll get through the week in your own four walls, but in case of flooding or other damage, download Expedia for information about hotels.  
  • Hurricane: American Red Cross — This app was literally made for this exact situation, so don't be afraid to use it. It allows users to monitor storm conditions, provides tips for hurricane preparedness and gives an avenue to request help in a worst-case scenario.

3. Visit these websites for no-cook recipes in case electricity makes your crock pot an impossibility. 

4. Stockpile candles, flashlights — and even firewood, if you have an indoor fireplace available. 

Just because you're out of electricity doesn't mean you have to live in complete darkness. Have candles and battery-powered light sources on hand in the event of a total outage. And don't forget that fireplaces create the perfect opportunity for indoor s'mores parties. 

5. Get some good old-fashioned reading done while you take an involuntary break from your real life. 

Take a look at "Bossypants" by Tina Fey to spice up your otherwise boring weekend with big laughs. Try "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed if you want to pretend that you're actually outside adventuring, and for you literary fiction fans out there, check out "Three Martini Lunch" by Suzanne Rindell or "Tuesday Nights in 1980" by Molly Prentiss. Your lonely and cramped week will be over before you know it. 

6. The hurricane winds will be staying active, and you should, too. 

Just because you can't go out for a jog doesn't mean that you should sit on the couch all week. Try these indoor workouts.

With these ideas in mind, you should be able to make the best of your four walls while you're trapped inside. Stay sane, stay calm and most importantly, in the words of Bob Dylan, take shelter from the storm.

The Weekender: The Hurricane Florence Edition
The Weekender: The Hurricane Florence Edition
Our curated list of the best things to do the weekend of September 13 - 16. Things are changing regularly as Florence rolls in, so please double check with the vendors (and make sure it's safe) before heading out anywhere!
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When Florence Comes to Town, We All Hunker Down
When Florence Comes to Town, We All Hunker Down