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The proper way to survive a hurricane contains very few steps:

Step 1: Luck. The power didn’t go out in the house, nor did we incur any flooding. This was all very fortunate for us as Hillsborough increasingly became an island as Hurricane Irene tore through Jersey

Step 2: Charged cell phone. Now, this was not difficult for me as I had power during the whole debacle, but those who were not fortunate enough to have power had only one connection to the outside world…smart phones. Many people had their Internet and cable knocked out, so the cell phone really did keep them connected with the rest of the world.

Step 3: Keep in touch with those who make you nervous. As many towns surrounding us became deeper and deeper under water, it is important to remember those in need and offer help at any time. Again, thank you to the cell phone gods for prompt responses and my ability to provide information to those in need.

Step 4: Rest up! You never know when your organs will need to take in alcohol due to sheer boredom. As the floods rolled in and our little town became an island, there was one lovely watering hole to waste the evening in. And the whole town was there.

Step 5: Find activities to occupy your time while you are cooped up in the house. Movies, games…booze. You get it.

Hope this is a helpful list for hurricane survival so in twelve more years we can be properly prepared!