Hurricane Sandy Food
In light of how unprepared we were for last year's storm and three weeks worth of power outages, this year we're all set if Hurricane Sandy (Arf!) makes its way to Connecticut.
Make ahead food to have on hand and keep in the cooler: Beef Stew, Chicken Noodle Soup, Italian Sunday Gravy with Chicken, Meatballs and Sausage.
Also have set:
- Canned/shelf stable provisions
- Peanut butter and peanut butter filled crackers, flatbread
- Apples, oranges, pineapple, tomatoes, carrots, celery
- Boxes of shelf stable packaged milk
- A few Boy Scout MRES (only as a LAST resort)
- Tons of dry/canned cat food for the wee ones
- Bottles of tap water filled for drinking/cooking
- A rainbarrel of water for sanitary/cleaning and toilet flushing
- Several bags of ice and frozen blocks of ice, will use in our coolers to keep perishables fresh
- Flashlights, lanterns, candles, batteries, matches, crank radio, firewood
- Air mattress in case we need to sleep in our living room, heated by our fireplace
- An extra battery for my cell phone in case my existing one dies out and I can't recharge it right away
- We have a propane grill (refilled the propane tank), charcoal grill (new bag of charcoal), and a Colman gas camping grill.
- Beer and wine. Why suffer in agony.
Any other ideas or tips?
Speaking from lifelong experiencew/ many hurricanes, living on Long Island/North Fork(now in Seattle)Fill up your car gas tank in case service stations have no electric.
Likewise get cash from ATM in case no electric.
Also car charger for cell phone is very helpful.
Go to dollar store and stock up on personal 'cleansing' wipes too.
And yes.....LOTS of wine!!
Will be following storm here in Seattle as all family on East Coast,Maryland,NY,Eastern LI,Vt,
NH and Cape Cod. Good Luck!
Back in 2005 we went for 4 weeks without power, and dealt with some extensive flooding due to multiple hurricane strikes, it sucks...
Have enough goods on hand to last for couple of weeks, and prepare for rationing. Also make sure you have enough propane to last that long also.
Chainsaws, axes, hatchets, shovels, and saws to help clear felled trees
Sandbags, tarps, and a roll of tar paper (for roof damage)
Extra sets of work gloves
A few hundred dollars in cash
If you live in the sticks, get a pellet gun, or a .410 shotgun, or a .22 caliber rimfire rifle for for rabbits and squirrels (eat rabbits, and save your canned goods).
Plenty of iodine for water purification.
A couple of big bottles of Listerine for antiseptic use.
Ace bandages for cuts
Plenty of extra bottles of aspirin and ibuprofen
Also be ready to clear the perishables your fridge when the power goes out.
A good battery backup and freshly charged spare batteries for your PC, laptop, or phone.
It never hurts to be prepared but since there is not much else going on in the news besides the election the media are centering on Sandy. And of course the weather people have their jobs to worry about. They have gotten progressively worse over the last few years. All those weather chasers over the last couple years have them scrambling. Their job is to "incite". But god speed with you just in case.
Areas that aren't served by natural gas have to use gasoline-powered generators and with them come new problems. If electricity is down in the region then the gas stations can't pump gas even if they have it, and my family member's generator uses ten gallons a day. This means constant driving and scouting looking for gas to keep the system running. Still, better than the alternative.
The wealthy folks have built in generators which operate automatically off propane. My in laws have a portable gasoline operated one. My main concern is that if we lose power and our basement floods, our sump pump won't work. And yes, that scares me. We have our washer, dryer and water tank elevated a bit but not our furnace. Just got a call from our town saying if we have family outside the storm area to go there. I'm a newspaper editor/reporter and I will be working throughout this mess.
Going to the store now to get more protein bars and fill up the gas tank.
I was at the store today to stock up on food for Sunday's weekly football extravaganza. I didn't get a single stinking thing to prep for a possible power outage, though, and I live smack on the Jersey Shore where the darned thing is supposed to land.
We will have leftovers of lasagna, sausage/peppers, and salad from football. We also have loads of pasta, frozen marinara sauce, frozen chicken/beef/pork, rice, canned stock, etc. Our grill has a side burner to boil water and I've gotten pretty adept at cooking even things like macaroni and cheese on the grill over the years. (don't ask) We do have a generator so we will be able to keep our fridge and freezer on for as long as we have fuel for it anyway.
As far as water goes, I'll fill some of the large 2 and 5 gallon water jugs that we have as well as the Brita pitcher, my Klean Kanteens, etc. There are only 2 of us here so we will have plenty of water, as well as other things like soda, club soda, and, ahem, cold beverages.
We do have a few bags of ice in the basement freezer, plenty of cat/parrot food, and lots of candles. We should be good if we lose power aside from the showering issue.
When the hurricane watches hit us down here, we usually load up our freezer with perishables before the storm hits. All of the extra food in the freezer will keep it colder, for longer.
Anything we can't freeze, we usually throw a party and serve it up before the storm hits. By the time the storm hits, our fridge is usually empty except for bottles of water, beer, and my wife's cranberry juice.
If you can afford one, you could buy a propane powered refrigerator (an absorption refrigerator), or if you know someone who is mechanically inclined, you could have them strip one out of an old motor home.
Also for showering, my wife and I both used baby wipes while we were over in the sandbox during our time in the Army. So pick up plenty while you still can...