Four Tips to Handle the Hurricane


Molly Barreca

While signs on the windows may feel like they’re helping, the best protection might be staying calm.

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Living in Connecticut, we tend not to get many hurricanes—or at least we aren’t supposed to. Because of this, we are generally pretty clueless about what to do during a hurricane. However, Laura Makemson of Davie, Flor., who is a self-proclaimed hurricane expert, is here with some tips to blow you away (or prevent that).


Tip One: Stay Calm

Although the impressively fast winds and prospect of loss of power and communication with the rest of the world may seem slightly stressful, try to stay calm throughout the storm. As Makemson said, “It’s just a windy storm!” Try listening to music, playing board games, or napping—these can keep your emotions at bay as Sandy is knocking at your front door.


Tip Two: Prepare for Power Outages

The lights go off. The water runs cold. Phones and computers have a few hours until death. No, it’s not the apocolypse, it’s two minutes after the tree viciously ripped down your power line. Although there isn’t much you can do after losing power besides badgering your power company for days, you can prepare for the loss of power before it happens. Keep all technology plugged into chargers until the last possible second. Find a snuggle buddy for the hours without heat, whether it be a dog or the cute neighbor from next door. Try reading, on a whim.


Tip Three: Stay Positive

Yes, you’re on house arrest until the storm passes. Yes, the roads are being shut down by law enforcement. Yes, wind is frightening. “I know it’s scary but it’s a great opportunity to spend time with your family,” said Makemson. Keep a positive outlook to avoid cabin fever. Think: there’s no school, the weather looks like something out of a movie, and there’s an endless quantity of blankets for you and your family to cuddle up in.


Tip Four: Common Sense

“Well, don’t go outside,” said Makemson.