Here in the lovely sunshine state of Florida, we never miss an opportunity to party...and that includes hurricane parties. With the windows shuttered and possible power loss, we prepare ahead of time and make the best of it.
Have on hand:
Cards and Poker Chips
Spare change (for Poker)
Beverages (adult and otherwise)
Battery powered radios..
Food in the icebox.
...you get the idea. When the winds are howling, we are having fun, hoping for the best...and waiting out the storm.
Once the storm passes, you remove the shutters, bring out the grill...and continue to party till the power is back on.
Just an idea to you lightweights on the northern east coast. :D