08.27.17 | Education
How to Throw a Successful Hurricane Party
Hurricanes typically aren’t something people get excited about, so why would you want to throw or attend a hurricane party? Hurricane parties were developed in southern hurricane areas of the U.S., namely in Florida. They make the best of a potentially bad situation and are done for practical reasons.
The parties are typically held by people who can’t, or chooses not to, evacuate for a hurricane warning. Someone hosts a hurricane party in their home and invites their friends and neighbors. Guests bring their hurricane supplies to pool together with other guests. Many times hurricane parties actually last three to five days and party guests stay at the home of their host.
Because cell phone towers may go out during a hurricane, you’ll need to make sure everyone knows they’re invited ahead of time. Be selective with your guest list because your home can only safely hold so many people for so long. Think about who you would want to spend multiple days with and who would be helpful in an emergency situation.
During a hurricane, the power will likely be out, which means food in your fridge and freezer will spoil. Grilling has become a popular tradition at hurricane parties, with guests clearing out their freezers and bringing a variety of frozen meats for everyone to enjoy. There is usually plenty of alcohol at hurricane parties as well, with hurricanes being the drink of choice.
Since your devices will likely be unavailable during the storm, you’ll have to have some old-fashioned fun. Make sure you have a few decks of cards and board games on hand. If you have time you might even want to go to your local library and check out a variety of books to read to pass the time.
What Else You’ll Need
- Plenty of bottled water
- Nonperishable foods
- Candles to light your home
- Battery chargers for your phone
- Sleeping bags or air mattresses
If you are hosting a hurricane party, you’ll need to make sure your home is up to date with the latest hurricane protection products. Contact Storm Smart today to learn how to outfit your home for the next Florida hurricane.