Well, here we go again… another hurricane. I have been through a slew of them from Hugo in Charleston in 1989, super typhhoon Pongsona on Guam in 2002 and quite a few less devastating ones in Florida, Norfolk and Guam. There is so much valuable information on how to prepare, one great one is https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes.
What I want to share with you outside of your safety, which of course is paramount, is how to survive with your sanity, especially with kids. Being locked in the house for a day or 2 even if you don’t lose power, can try patience. A well laid plan can help and turn a bad situation into a great family memory! The old adage of “Prepare for the worst and hope for the best” is definitely the rule of thumb here.
Here are some of my must haves:
Board games, new ones and old favorites are an awesome way to spend the time. Our latest favorite is Sequence, but I am always up for Phase 10, Uno, spoons and different card games.
A puzzle and a challenge. Can we finish it before the hurricane is past? I have one child, who shall remain nameless, who will take a piece and hide it so he always puts the last piece in…
DVDs, again new and old favorite. Don’t forget the popcorn.
Batteries and flashlights or lanterns. If power goes out, you need to find the bathroom and little ones get scared. (Oh, and do stock up on toilet paper, you’ll thank me for that thought…)
Clean laundry! Wash it all and be relieved when you don’t run out of clean clothes and towels if the power goes out.
So I hope and pray we all fare well through this one and those to come. Enjoy your friends and family and use the time to make happy memories. Put the cell phones away and accept the challenge of a few games and/or a puzzle.