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I’ve developed a dangerously calm demeanor when it comes to hurricanes. Don’t get me wrong, I’m well aware of how destructive they can be. I was five when Hurricane Andrew hit South Florida in 1992. Prior to Hurricane Irma, it was the most destructive storm in Florida’s history — and I slept through all of it. I brushed off a lot of these storms that happened during the 90s-2000s.

For the record, I’ll be sticking around town for Hurricane Florence even though Charlotte isn’t expected to get the worse part of the storm. As some residents flee the Carolinas, supplies fly off store shelves, long lines form at gas stations and people attempt to buy generators, I’m thinking about how to entertain myself and avoid cabin fever.

Here are seven things to get into if Florence comes through:

Hurricane Party

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While grabbing your packs of bottled water and loaves of bread, why not pick up a few bottles of your favorite adult beverage? I’d highly suggest passing on hard liquor, it may be awhile before you can safely go outside. No need for hors d’oeuvres, but load up on snacks that don’t need to be refrigerated — like chips, cookies, crackers, peanut butter, nuts, and jerky — in case the power goes out. If you’re daring enough (or desperate), I guess you can go for Spam or canned fish.

Still have a battery-operated stereo? Pull out your favorite old school CDs to vibe out with your friends through the storm.


Since you already pulled out the stereo, relive your unrealistic dreams of becoming a R&B superstar. Belt out your favorite tracks from the 80s, 90s and 00s, but keep it light. Nobody wants to hear you sing any track where we don’t know the chorus. And if you actually know how to sing, sit this one out. You guys ruin it for everyone else.

Game Night


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Play board games, trivia, cards, dominoes or another game of choice. It should keep you entertained for hours. This is your chance to finally learn how to play spades and stop getting shamed at the cookout.


It would be a great time to curl up with a good book.


Stormy weather makes for good sleep. Like I said, I’ve slept through hurricanes before.


When was the last time you did a deep clean or reorganized your closet?

Netflix and Chill

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I mean…you can binge watch all of the top shows and recent releases or you can *ahem* “chill.”

No matter what you decide to do as Flo approaches, make sure to use your best judgment and make safety your first priority.

Kallan Louis is a writer and consultant for He does a lot, but never feels like he’s doing enough. His life can be described as a Venn Diagram: News media, Black culture and sports. He’s...