Oh no! Someone grab Snooki and board up all the windows at the Jersey Shore! Hurricane Sandy and headed straight for New Jersey, New York City and the surrounding areas.
In all seriousness, if you live in the path of Hurricane Sandy, then get ready. Due to high winds, officials are saying that electricity and other utilities might not be available for up to 7-10 days. In addition to being powerless, you might also end up trapped. Mass transit suspensions, fallen trees and flooded roads will restrict your movements for the next few days. Bottom Line: You’ll need to be completely self-sufficient and entertained during that period. Otherwise you might end up mowing your flooded lawn out of boredom (see image above).
Of course having proper shelter, water and medical supplies should all take priority over entertaining yourself. You can find that information elsewhere online, not here. MethodShop.com is a gadget and tech site. Here’s our list of the most critical supplies to have on hand when a hurricane threatens you with days of… boredom:
- Charged Devices: Before the storm hits, make sure your iPad, iPhone, iPod, laptop, Nintendo DS, Sony PSP, Kindle Fire and the rest of your devices are fully charged. Don’t forget to charge your portable projectors and speakers too. You might end up having a few family nights all huddled around an iPad. Having the ability to project a movie from your iPad onto a wall with sound from a Jambox will make you look like a hero.
- Entertainment Content: After your devices are charged, load them up with movies, music and games. Angry Birds and Bejeweled are good family favorites. If you lose Internet connectivity during the storm, you might not be able to download additional content for several days.
- Non-Powered Entertainment: Waiting out a storm can be dreadfully boring. After all of your gadgets lose power, you might have to switch to non-powered items like an acoustic guitar, books, board games or a deck of cards.
- Batteries: Having plenty of extra batteries on hand is a good idea. They can power everything from flashlights to external chargers for items like your iPhone. Just don’t let entertainment power take the place of survival power.
- Cash: If the power is out, then credit cards and ATM’s won’t work. Lots of cash can be the difference between relaxing with a few beers or sucking drops of tap water out of your faucet. Use cash to get your neighbors or local stores to part with supplies while the power is out.
- Water & Food: Do’t be bored, hungry and thirsty. You should have at least a 3-day (preferably a 7-day) supply of water (one gallon per person per day). And a small supply of non-perishable food items like Funyuns, canned food, snacks, peanut butter, etc.
- Chargers: Don’t forget your chargers… for everything. That includes car adapters and chargers too!
- Communication Devices: If you have a Twitter account, then use your iPhone or tablet to communicate with friends and family. Tweets can be sent out quickly and will use less battery power than a phone call.
- Light: This time of year, the sun sets around 6:00 PM. That means you’re facing ~12 hours of darkness. Flashlights, candles and glow sticks will help you get through all those hours of darkness. If you have a Wicked Lasers TORCH flashlight, then you can both illuminate your house as well as fry an egg.
- Baby & Pet Supplies: Don’t forget all the things that your dependents need, like formula, diapers, food, toys, and medicine. Your storm boredom can turn to panic quickly if you forget any of these supplies.
- First Aid Kit: Being trapped, bored and having a splitting headache sucks. Make sure you have a small first aid kit with some basic comfort medicines like aspirin and antacid.
- Toiletries: Just because there’s a major storm outside, doesn’t mean you won’t have to brush your teeth or poop. Make sure you have toilet paper, toothpaste, etc. If you lose water pressure, that toilet bowl is going to fill up. Make sure your don’t drop your phone in the toilet!
Good luck, be safe and stay sane. Hopefully if you lose power, you won’t have to spend the next few days staring at a wall or mowing your flooded lawn out of boredom.