So, you’ve probably heard about hurricane Erika by now, but if you haven’t … well, you’ve still got a little time to prep. This year’s first (real) storm of the 2015 hurricane season will be hitting the Florida coast this weekend, and it looks like it’ll be effecting our local area sometime during Monday.

Luckily, she needs to survive the gauntlet of Haiti and the Dominican Republic (which have serious some hurricane blocking mountains) as the storm heads northwest. That being said, if Erika does survive its trials, a serious hurricane could be on the horizon.

While some of you might be thinking about stocking up on batteries, generators, boarding up your windows or just plain GTFO of town, relax, take a deep breath and remember that it’s probably only going to be a category one at worst. If you’re a surfer, then prepping for the incoming waves is probably more so on your mind, but let’s not forget that someone’s gotta be the one to host a hurricane party. Luckily for you, Void created a simple little guide for getting ready to meet Erika. Party on.


GRUB.

Since you might find yourself hunkered down for awhile, it’s a good idea to stock up on some delicious, readily available eats. If you’re not sure what to buy, think things that will last awhile and don’t need too much refrigeration. That being said, you can always get some ice and pack a cooler full of perishables. Perhaps the most quintessential piece of hurricane party grub is pizza, which, as we all know, can be consumed at a wide range of temperatures. Just don’t count on the delivery guy making it to you if the storm’s already a-brewin’.


DRANK.

Of course, a hurricane party wouldn’t be complete without drinks, so if you wanna do this right, reference these guides and stock up on some booze. Remember, don’t drink it all in one sitting, especially since you might need to last a few nights. You can only play so many board games sober after all …

904 Hurricane Recipe:

  •  2 oz Marlin and Barrel Distillery Bearing Light Rum
  • .5 oz Grenadine
  • 2 oz St. Augustine Distillery Discovery Series Rum
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • 1 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 1 oz Orange Juice
  • .5 oz Simple Syrup

Combine ingredients in shaker with ice. Strain into glass of ice and garnish with an orange and a cherry.

Beer more your style? Grab some growlers and get them filled with your favorite local brew this weekend before the storm hits. Just make sure you won’t run out prematurely.


ESSENTIALS.

Now that you’ve got plenty of food and drink, you’ll need something to keep everyone entertained. The key here is that you don’t rely on power for anything … as it will likely go out. Remember board games? Those things that are like Candy Crush or Words With Friends, but are actually played in real life? They’re perfect for when the power’s out.

  • Monopoly
  • A Poker Set
  • Twister
  • The Game of Life
  • Hungry Hungry Hippos, Life-Sized Perhaps?

TUNES.

Thanks to the wonder of the battery, you can even enjoy a little music with your power outage. One word of advice, just make sure your bluetooth speaker is fully charged and you’ve got an extra power pack to give your phone some extra juice if you need it. Check out our playlist here with music that’s perfect for the occasion.


STUFF YOU NEED TO ACTUALLY SURVIVE.

Alright, so while we’re all for having a little fun during the hurricane party, you might actually want to spend a little time and cash on buying things you might need to survive.

  • A Couple Cases of Bottled Water
  • Foods That Won’t Perish (PB&J’s anyone?)
  • Enough Candles to Make Your House Look Like the Inside of A Catholic Church
  • A Few Boxes of Matches or Lighters (for the “candles” … of course)
  • Battery Chargers or Banks For Your Phone

And last but not least … take it from the experts and read here for a complete, and official, list of hurricane preparedness.