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Hurricane Food Survival Plan

Cokeitha Gaddist

Hurricane season is in full swing. Now is the time to start preparing for any hurricane or tropical storm that may come our way. We cannot control the weather, but what we can control is how we prepare for impending storms and the impacts of it. Having a Hurricane Survival Plan in place for you and your family should be a top priority during hurricane season. It is recommended that everyone have a shelter-in-place and an evacuation plan for their family. A shelter-in-place plan will be helpful if you or your family decide to stay in your home during the storm. An evacuation plan is necessary if you have to leave your home and stay away for several days due to dangers that could happen as a result of the storm. If you must evacuate plan ahead by knowing the evacuation route, fueling up your vehicle, get cash from the bank, keep your identification on you at all times and take important documents with you.
Your Hurricane Survival Plan should include everything you need to ensure your safety and the safety of your family. It should also include emergency supplies like prescription medicines, first aid kit, battery operated radio, flashlights, extra batteries, sleeping bags or extra blankets, and personal care items (wet cleaning clothes or baby wipes, hand sanitizers, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, tampons and pads and diapers for babies). After planning for safety and securing emergency supplies the next priority is planning for food.
Hurricane food is essential to have during and after a storm. During a hurricane, the storm may cause down trees and powerlines, making it impossible to travel on roads as well as power outages that could last for days. Without electricity, food in the refrigerate and freezer will spoil quickly. Making every day, easy to prepare food options unavailable. Emergency Hurricane Preparedness experts suggest having at least two weeks worth of hurricane food supply stocked and stored before a storm hits. The last thing anyone wants to do is stand in line at grocery stores or even worst not have a good supply of food because of last-minute planning. Don’t wait to plan your hurricane food survival kit because stores will be sold out of food or have limited options.
What do you need in your hurricane food survival kit? The first thing to remember is to purchase non-perishable food items that don’t require refrigeration. You also want to purchase food that will be easy to serve or packaged into single servings and will be easy to store during hurricane season. Having a well-stocked emergency food supply of different survival foods can sustain you through the entire hurricane season. Here is a list of recommended food and supplies you should have in your food survival kit to ride out the storm.

  1. Water: 1 gallon per person per day a week for dinking, cooking, cleaning, and for pets. Bottled water is best for easy storage and use.
  2. Three to seven days of non-perishable packaged or canned food, including dry or can food for pets. Canned foods such as tuna, salmon, beans, vegetables, or fruits. Packaged foods can include instant soup or noodle packs (ramen noodles) in single-serving pouches that can be prepared with bottled water. Some perishable items that can be eaten during or immediately after the storm are apples, boxed instant potatoes that can be mixed with bottled water, dry cereal with shelf-stable soy or almond milk, and ready to serve airtight sealed meats (summer sausage) and cheeses that don’t require refrigeration until after it is opened.
  3. Snacks: peanut butter, crackers, cereal bars, granola bars, nuts, dried fruits, and snack size bags of pretzels, popcorn, chips, and trail mix.
  4. Fuel: Gas or propane to cook on outdoor grills or outdoor camp stove in case the power stays off for a while. Fuel can also be used to power a generator if you have access to one. Grills and camp stoves should only be used outdoors.
  5. Paper & plastic products like plates & bowls, cups, paper towel, eating utensils, manual can opener, plastic Ziplock bags for food storage or to keep things dry and a cooler if you have access to ice.
    These items will prepare you to shelter-in-place for three to seven days. If a mandatory evacuation is required in your area, these items can be stored in a sealed plastic container or plastic bag for easy transport. If your home is damaged in the storm forcing you to relocate temporarily, you can use the cooler, plastic container or backpacks to create portable storage to take your survival supplies and emergency food supplies with you. For more information about what you need in your Hurricane Survival Kit to prepare for the storm visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/features/hurricanepreparedness/index.html
Cokeitha Gaddist (81 Posts)