As we approach October, we’ve made it through the peak of Hurricane Season 2017. But we still have two months left of what was predicted to be a very busy hurricane season. After Hurricane Irma blew through Florida, many were caught off guard, while others despite their best hurricane preparedness efforts couldn’t keep up with the demands that this storm pushed upon them.
Online Food and Recipe website DELISH, created a list of the top items to put on your hurricane preparedness list. After reviewing the list we have some suggestions on how to make it more affordable while keeping your family happy, as well as some additions to put on the list. Because let’s face it, even if your home isn’t terribly damaged or damaged at all — it’s when the power goes out that the struggle begins.
Bottled water: If you’ve started to go through your stash of bottled water, never had one (tsk tsk), or have finished it off, now is the best time to restock. Emergency management officials recommend having 1 gallon of water per person that can last about 3-days. By now the majority of grocery stores, gas stations, and small retailers have received water galore. Local Dollar Tree stores have had 6-packs of bottled water, as well as tall bottled water. If you have a child, pregnant person, or someone with a chronic illness in the household you’ll want more than that 1-gallon of water per day allotted for those individuals.
Cereal, Granola, Trail Mix, Peanut Butter, Instant Coffee, Boxed Non-dairy milk, Canned veggies, beans, and tuna:
Bulk stores, which seem to be popping up all over the place these days have the majority of these items. They also usually have powdered milk – all you have to do is add water! In an emergency situation, this is very helpful. Another tip is to visit your local dollar store, the bigger chains are set up like a small dry goods market (some even have refrigerated and frozen sections). The Sunday newspaper coupon section is another helpful tool to use to help make stocking up on these items super affordable if you were to go to a larger grocer chain.
Do you have picky eaters? Keep a stash of condiment packets from takeout and fast food runs. Mayo, ketchup and mustard packets are hot commodities when trying to jazz up bland canned proteins for your family.
If you buy the non-dairy boxed kinds of milk to stock up on, remember to buy small ones as they are supposed to be refrigerated after opening. Clearly, if you don’t have power, you will not be able to store them. So the smaller the box the better so that you use what you need as you go.
Lastly, fresh fruits and veggies that do not require refrigeration are ideal to keep on hand like apples. Bananas have a short shelf life, but those can be eaten first. If you have natural gas powering your stove or have a grill that you’ll be using for the storm you can cook bananas up and add items to make them a part of breakfast or a snack.
Another thing we learned after Irma passed by, is that many of the larger grocery stores had dry ice available. And if they didn’t they would tell you who to contact locally to procure it. This is one way to keep frozen meat and critical refrigerated goods at safe temperatures when the power is out for more than a couple of hours.
Link to Delish’s Hurricane Preparedness List: http://www.delish.com/kitchen-tools/g4439/best-foods-to-buy-before-a-hurricane/.