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Mar 18, 2011 12:44 PM

In a disaster what would be the most urgently needed foods in your area?

A thread in the Japan board regarding the current situation in northern Japan states:-
"Food items most needed are rice, miso, nori,... "

At the risk of sounding grossly insensitive - I find that to be fascinating.

If my own city (in the UK) were in a disaster scenario I wonder what the most needed food items would be?
I suspect canned beans, bread and beer.

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  1. Down here we make hurricane kits. You know, batteries, a radio, a flashlight and non-perishables just in case. Everybody has their favorites. One of my friends gets smoked oysters. I personally am consoled by beenie weenie.

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    1. re: Sue in Mt P

      I, too, used to live in Mt. P and made my share of hurricane kits. My kit always included Bush's baked beans and vienna sausages.

      1. re: Sue in Mt P

        When I lived in Charleston (Daniel Island), I kept the basics like batteries, radio, extra water for us and the dogs, some non perishable foods... and also a bottle of rum. Mr. gator put it in there because he figured that us and our neighbors would be suffering some pretty fried nerves!

        1. re: alliegator

          Mr. gator is a smart man! When sweaty without airconditioning and cooking all the contents of the freezer on a grill, why not have a nice rum drink?

          1. re: Sue in Mt P

            Absolutely. Rum drinks make it easier to pretend you are without a/c by choice.

            1. re: mpjmph

              That's why I have several gallons worth of Coco Loco cans, pinapple juice, and bottles of rum, sitting right next to my hand cranked blender (see below).

              I will be enjoying pina coladas during the next month long round of hurricane induced power outages...

              As any good Southerner can tell you; those men who would allow natural conditions to deprive them of the capacity to serve their family and neighbors of a good stiff drink during a time of need, have committed an unconscionable error which speaks poorly of their manhood...

                1. re: Sue in Mt P

                  I dunno, i was thinking it was the fruity blender drinks that would speak poorly of one's manhood.

                  *KIDDING, deet*

                  1. re: danna

                    LOL... Sure pina coladas might not be considered manly, but the capability to serve them cold and frothy during a month long power outage is...

                    1. re: deet13

                      Yes. One needs to be transported in powerless times. The hand crank is brilliant.

                        1. re: sunshine842


                          Though, if I bought that, my wife would give me so much grief.

                          1. re: deet13

                            right up until you handed her a slushy margarita (assuming the genny is running the ice maker!)

                2. re: deet13

                  Aloha deet13:

                  You keep an icehouse, with sawdust and blocks and stuff for Pina Coladas just in case the power goes out during hurricane season? I'm impressed!


                  1. re: kaleokahu

                    Heh, I've got an absorption refrigerator I pulled out of an old pop-up camper. I can get a few good days worth of service out of it when I hook it up to a 5 gallon propane tank.

                    The overhead light may not work, but it freezes water just fine.

                    What's funny is that I pulled it out of the old pop-up trailer to put into a buddies camper at his request. But he decided to get a brand new refrigerator. So I ended up getting stuck with an old fridge in my garage; which ironically, ended up serving us quite well during the last big round of power outages...

        2. Judging by the lines at Trader Joe's during the last several snow storms, including the 2010 "snowpocalypse," I can authoritatively say wine and pizza.

          1. I, too, was going to go with the pre-snowstorm behaviors in my area (US Midatlantic): wine, eggs, bread, milk (apparently French Toast is big?)and all forms of junk food--chips, cookies, frozen pizzas, soda . . .

            1. Here, in the hardest hit areas....Water and Ice ~~ Next, any foods are appreciated and welcomed.

              1. Clean water is the most important item. As for food, I live in a very diverse area, so I would guess rice, beans, and bread.