A woman carries her baby past a sign on a boarded-up restaurant in Kill Devil Hills, N.C. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Hurricane Irene is bearing down on the East Coast, and we are bracing for what looks to be a very serious storm.

Hurricane Irene, however, brings to mind the mobile application Hurricane Party, which was released earlier this year. If you’re in the dumps about the oncoming storm, or you’re not in its path and are looking for something to do — it may be just what you need, while staying safe, of course.

A hurricane party is, basically, a flash-mob for folks in the mood to cut loose. These instant gatherings are coordinated through the Hurricane Party iPhone application. The Next Web’s Hermione Way interviewed Rene Pinnell, CEO and co-founder of Hurricane Party, at South by Southwest in March:

Some beach-side towns in the path of the storm are hosting hurricane parties in risky locations without the assistance of the application, raising safety concerns. (Seriously, folks, we can’t say it enough — safety first.)

So, if you’re blue about Hurricane Irene, and trying to pick up your spirits, it may be worth grabbing the app (it’s free) and hosting a quick mood-brightening party before you hunker down in a safe place and weather the storm.

(h/t T.J. Ortenzi)

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