While we hope this will be an uneventful hurricane season for Florida, it never hurts to be prepared with ways to ride out the storm! Read on for ten of our favorite ideas.
Prepare your home with smart storm protection
Of course, you can’t relax during a hurricane if your home’s basic needs aren’t met. In addition to stocking up on essentials like dry food, water, medication and batteries, take some time to evaluate your home’s storm protection.
If you’re not quite ready, we can help! In Central Florida, impact windows, storm panels, accordion shutters and even garage door braces are all great ways to guard your home against the storm, and White Aluminum & Windows is able to install them all.
If you are advised to leave your home before the storm, follow your local officials and do so. But if it’s safe to stick around, here are a few ways to make it a smoother (and, perhaps, even fun!) experience…
Charge up your tech
Before a storm arrives, charge up your technology and use portable chargers (which can typically be charged through USB) to serve as backups in case of a power outage. Try to restrict your phone use to emergencies and accessing storm information. This is a great time to unplug, literally, and enjoy some tech-free downtime with friends and family!
Play cards and board games
Whether you’re hosting a hurricane party with friends who need a place to stay, or simply searching for some family-friendly fun, you can’t go wrong with classics like cards and board games. Or perhaps a game of charades!
Enjoy arts and crafts
Arts and crafts are a great way to pass the time during a storm! Coloring, for example, is an easy activity to enjoy for some simple stress relief, whether you’re a kid or simply a kid at heart.
Kick back and relax
Hurricanes can naturally be stressful, so consider using this as a time to indulge in some much-needed relaxation! Yoga, meditation and journaling are a few easy, tech-free options to try.
Build a fort
Building a fort with blankets, pillows and other odds and ends is a great way to pass the time for kids and adults alike.
Create a calming space for your four-legged friend
Create a calming space for your dog or cat by placing their favorite blanket or bed in a cozy space that’s farther away from windows to help muffle the sound of wind outside. You can also keep snacks on hand in addition to your dog’s regular food—some varieties even come with calming natural ingredients that can help relieve an anxious pet!
Read a book
Many of us have a book or two, or perhaps a favorite magazine, that we’d like to spend some time reading. During a hurricane is a great time to do this.
Enjoy your favorite songs…
Pull out the old CD player, or maybe even a classic turntable! Now is the perfect time to relax with some of your favorite tunes.
… or make your own hurricane jam session!
Of course, you can also take the creative route and make some of your own music! Invite friends and family to join in or strum around on your guitar. You never know what masterpiece might come from your “hurricane party,” after all.
No hurricane? No problem! Stash away these ideas for your next family game night, or whenever you start to hear those familiar words: “I’m bored!”
Of course, the key to passing the time with peace of mind during a hurricane is to start with strong storm protection! This is where White Aluminum & Windows comes in. For more than 60 years, we have provided Florida homes with the solutions they need to confidently face hurricane season, year after year. Just contact us today to learn more.