The people liked the prospect of the end of the world because it would be a spectacle, something to relieve the fearful monotony of their lives. Funerals and weddings were commonplace, and nothing could have been so interesting to them as the coming of the end of the world … unless it had been a first-class circus. EDWARD EGGLESTON, The End of the World
Best Ways to Entertain Yourself During a Hurricane
|Author: David Stone|
|Hurricane preparation can be a very confusing and stressful, and you usually do not think about what you will actually do when the storm has hit. This can leave you with a lot of empty time. Many hurricanes cause power loss that can last for days. That means there won’t be any televisions or computers that you can use to entertain yourself. It is also especially hard to entertain larger groups of people when the power is out if you are not prepared. There are some easy things you can do to ensure that you do not find yourself completely bored during a storm.
Small Radios are one of the best things to have in a storm because they are can supply music and important updates during a storm. They also do not require much power, so a set of batteries can go a long way. A deck of cards is also a great item to have because you can play games like solitaire or get a group poker game started. They are also a very small item that is great if you are evacuated because they are light and small. If you know you are going to be solo, you can never go wrong with a big book and a lantern. Any reading material is great, but a larger novel is best because you never know how much time you might be stuck without power. If games are more of your forte, then you can make sure to pick up a couple of jigsaw puzzles and a few board games in case you do have some company. There are also many books full of other puzzles like crosswords and word jumbles.
They real key to entertain yourself in a storm is to think of what you would do if you were camping. It is best to have a plan for just yourself and a group of people. That way you are set for any situation that may arise.
While education in the short-term after a disaster should not be a problem, imagine if you were unable to send your children to school for months or even years. This is a something that many families will face should education facilities close. The most fundamental skills we take for granted will be lost. Now I am not speaking of medical skills or law degrees but basic literacy and math. It will be imperative to acquire text books and materials that you can use to teach the next generations.
One of the simplest ways of acquiring text books is through online education sources. You can simply go online and purchase the ones you need. Another source of inexpensive text books is your local Good Will store they supply many useful gently used texts from students and universities.
I would suggest making a list of subjects such as math,science, and English and obtain a small collection of materials that you can use should the need arise.