How to survive a hurricane with small children.

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One of the many roads by our house that was closed! This lovely large tree falling was the reason we had no power for 5 days.

Hurricane Sandy gave hurricanes a new name in New Jersey. Before that storm, people would prepare themselves for a few days of wind and rain by doing pretty much nothing. Or at least that was how I got ready for it. My husband, on the other hand was more ready then I was…thank God! He filled all the gas tanks, got the generator ready, and bought jugs of water.

At the time of Hurricane Sandy I only had 2 children. Nicki was 2 1/2 and Joey was 8 months old. My sister lived in a beach town, so she came to stay with us for a few days…we live on higher ground! The best thing that came out of the storm was Nicki became potty trained! I figured we were going to be stuck in the house…why not! It worked great!

But it wasn’t all fun and games. Being stuck in a house with small children and having limited things to do was stressful! You can only play with Play Doh so many times…

This time I am preparing myself for Hurricane Joaquin!

Crafts
Go to the dollar store or local craft store and stock up! Don’t sit down and have a craft hour and blow through all of them at once though. Pull them out slowly and space them out, you don’t know how long you will be stuck inside. Check out my Pinterest for some great crafts!

Paint in the bath tub. Helps to contain the mess!

Paint in the bath tub. Helps to contain the mess!

Generator
If possible, get a generator! Potty training was a great idea, but if it wasn’t for the generator the laundry room would have gotten quite stinky! We also used the generator to keep the fridge and WiFi on too.

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Games/Puzzles
Whenever people give my girls puzzles or games as presents, I put them away. I like to pull them out in the dead of winter when we are snowed in…or in this case if we get stuck in the house during the hurricane! The dollar store is another place to score great puzzles!

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Flash Lights
Candles are romantic, but dangerous for little kids. Have a flash light handy in each room of the house, so you aren’t stumbling around in the dark looking for it! If your kids are afraid of the dark, start playing a game with turning the lights off. Introduce it a few days before the hurricane to get them used to the lights randomly going out. If my girls are playing in their room, I will sneak up and turn the light off. They jump up and say “hey!!” I just giggle and make a joke out of it.

Batteries
It’s funny how you don’t realize what you rely on until the power goes out. Sound machines run on batteries as well as being plugged into the wall. My daughters use sound machines to sleep, thankfully I had batteries to put in them when the power went out!

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Cash
Make sure to have cash on hand. If there are stores open, they might not be able to take credit cards. ATMs don’t work without power also!

Baby wipes
If you have small kids, I am sure you have these…but make sure to have a good stock pile! If you aren’t able to take showers or baths, you can at least wipe yourself down and wipe your children down with a baby wipe.

Got Milk?
Shelf stable milk is good to have in case the power goes out. I like Horizon. They make milk boxes…and they come in lots of good flavors too!

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Food
If it was just us, it wouldn’t be so bad. My husband and I can live off of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for a week if we had to. When you have small kids, they don’t care that there is a mega storm happening…they want to eat! Luckily we have a gas stove, so I was able to make some hot foods on the top burners. We also have a deep fryer! Our neighbors walked over and we fried some wings! It was fun…it was good to be with other people too!!! If you have a gas stove, stock up on boxes of macaroni and cheese and canned goods too!

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Our friend John was happy to have a hot meal! He had no power and no generator!

Stay Calm
No matter what happens, remember to stay calm and act as though everything is happening the way it is supposed to. Kids feed off of their parent’s energy. We just made the best of the situation…and our girls never noticed anything was different!

Let me out of here!!!

Let me out of here!!!

Here are some useful links:
Red Cross
National Hurricane Center

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