Be Prepared for the Hurricane With These Foods & Drinks

stock cans of soup in case of hurricaneIf you've been following the weather reports as much as I have, you're likely on the brink of an anxiety attack as Hurricane Irene prepares to slam into the East Coast sometime this weekend. But as my co-workers repeatedly reassure me (and they'd better not be just trying to make me shut up), there's no need to panic. Better instead to re-direct all that nervous energy into preparing for the hurricane. One of the things at the top of the hurricane preparedness list? Stocking up on food and drinks. Here are some ideas:


It's a good idea to stock up on plenty of foods that you don't have to cook (or only cook minimally) just in case the power goes out. A good rule of thumb is to stock enough foods for three to seven days. Here are some basic foods that are good to have on hand.

  • Dry cereal with shelf-stable milk in laminated paper cartons
  • Ramen noodles or dry soup mix
  • Canned meals like soups, spaghetti, ravioli, chili, etc.
  • High energy foods like dried fruit, nuts, trail mix, granola bars
  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
  • Canned fruits, vegetables, and pre-cooked meat/fish
  • Meal replacement bars
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Dry pasta and jarred tomato sauce

For even more ideas of foods to stock in preparation of a hurricane, check out the American Red Cross Recommendations.

Also, I got a tip from a seasoned hurricane survivor who recommends stocking up on plenty of red wine because, as she so eloquently explained, "You don't want to be stuck drinking warm chardonnay if the power goes out."

Oh, and water! Don't forget the two gallons of water. That's certainly more important than the wine. Except if you are freaking out about the storm like I am -- then both beverages are a good idea. Canned juice that doesn't need refrigeration is good, too.

And don't forget: When it comes to gathering supplies for a hurricane, one of the most important items to stock beside the flashlight is a can opener (and a wine opener, for that matter).

Are you stocking up for the hurricane?


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