1. Watch the news so you have an idea of what’s going on. But keep in mind that they like to build the drama up. When they start repeating information, it’s time to stop watching.
2. Play it cool, but don’t be ashamed if you go a little overboard on preparations. Like stocking up on water and non-perishables. I can neither confirm nor deny that I might have followed a tip from tv to run some water in the tub, just in case. It’s okay to be a little ridiculous if it makes you feel better, right?
3. Do your laundry. It’ll be easier to face the possibility (however small) that you’ll be stuck in your house for a few days if you’re certain you have enough clean underwear.
4. Relax when you find out that the hurricane has been downgraded to a tropical storm.
5. Try not to laugh too hard at the looks of consternation on your dog’s face when the wind is loudly gusting outside.
6. When your power goes out, take a little time to feel really self-satisfied about all that water your stored up. And then try not to feel too sheepish when you realize that, of course, the water is still on.
7. At first, when the tv and lights go off, you’ll think about what a long evening it’s going to be. But then, pull out your candles (yes, the ones you bought for decoration), grab a good, enthralling book, and curl up on the couch with your favorite puppy dog. It’ll be so nice that you’ll almost be disappointed when bed time rolls around.