Food For Thought – Food Supply For A Big Storm

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Storm Warning Sign

With Hurricane Irene on her way up the coast now and expected to hit us here in New Jersey pretty hard this weekend, storm food shopping is on my mind.  I myself have never really done any grocery shopping in preparation for a hurricane. I’ve done snowstorm shopping, but we don’t usually lose power during those. It’s a good possibility that we’ll lose power here if we get hit as bad as they’re forecasting. We always have bottled water in the house no matter what, we have four cases of bottled water. We have six boxes of juice pouches. I have bread, peanut butter and jelly. I have cold things like milk and cold cuts, but if we lose power for a long period of time chances are good much will go bad. I have cans of tuna, canned meals, and veggies. I have boxes of crackers and cookies and even a couple of Entenmann’s products, and I baked cookies yesterday. My 1 year old has been begging me to make my creamy chicken noodle soup, I have the ingredients and am going to make it tomorrow. We have a small propane stove from the camper, so we would be able to cook a few meals outside once the storm is over if power wasn’t back. Walmart was out of the little propane cans the stove takes yesterday but I got lucky and found some in Stop & Shop of all places today. I think I’m going to go up and grab a couple more this afternoon.

How do you prepare your food supply when a bad storm (hurricane, snow or whatever) is expected? Let’s hear it.

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blueyes August 26, 2011 - 1:37 pm

We buy liquor down here for hurricane parties lol

Honestly, I am so used to them it doesn’t bother me one iota if they come or not. I can deal with no power and fill my water containers right before the storm and don’t open the fridge until the powers back on if its only some hours. Otherwise it doesn’t matter.

Sarah August 26, 2011 - 2:22 pm

I’m from NJ so like you I’ve never had to prepare for a hurricane before, only snowstorms like you said. I basically bought many of the same things as you, crackers, tuna, bread, juice boxes for the kids.
I”m on a very low budget so I couldn’t buy as much as I’d like. Hopefully it won’t be too bad.

admin August 26, 2011 - 11:58 pm

Hi Sarah. Which part of Jersey are you in? I’m also hoping it won’t be as bad as they’re saying but who knows. I hope you and your family stay safe.

Royalegacy August 27, 2011 - 10:53 am

Luckily for all you East Coast people, the storm as been downgraded to a cat 1.

As for preparedness, since I live in the Mojave Desert in California, my main emergency that I have to worry about is earthquakes. We keep a supply of extra water and canned food.

One thing I can say about a hurricane, you have advanced knowledge that it is coming. You never know when an earthquake will hit.

admin August 31, 2011 - 8:34 am

Great point. There was an earthquake in VA a few days earlier and we actually felt the tremors here. It was a first for me and quite a strange feeling. I can’t even imagine what it must be like to actually be where the earthquake is, that must be frightening.

Royalegacy August 31, 2011 - 11:21 am

In 1992, we were almost on top of the Landers, CA quake (where we live). We just didn’t rattle, we didn’t ride a wave, we bounced. Where my husband was, he got thrown out of bed and landed a few feet away. I was able to stay in bed and it kept rising a foot off the floor and pounding into the wall. The main quake itself lasted around a minute, but as we were all sitting outside on the ground, it kept shaking. It felt like we were sitting on a springboard. Yes, it was frightening. I ended up with motion sickness after a few days of constantly moving.

pat. August 28, 2011 - 4:53 pm

For years I hademergency supplies in store. Problem was my kids finished gthem and never told me. Luckily no emergency happened.

Patty White August 30, 2011 - 12:33 pm

We always have tons of bottled water on hand and make sure we have ready to eat out of the freezer (no heating needed) food in our extra freeze.

admin August 31, 2011 - 12:03 am

I am intrigued by the idea of ready to eat freezer meals tat don’t require heating. Can you tell me more please?


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