When a hurricane or another natural disaster strikes, your electricity may be down for days or even weeks. To minimize the impact the loss of electricity has on your household, prepare in advance for life in the dark.
- Stock a two-week supply of non-perishable foods that do not require cooking:
- Canned fruits and vegetables;
- Canned juices, milk, powdered drinks;
- High energy foods such as peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars and trail bars;
- Canned meat – tuna/chicken/turkey and chili;
- Canned ravioli, soups, stew;
- Dried fruit.
- Select canned items with a pull top to eliminate need of a can opener.
- Consider a French Roast Coffee Maker to brew coffee on a grill.
- Stock trash bags in different sizes.
- Stock one gallon of water per day per person for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene.
- Store a can of Sterno, camp stove, propane for grill for foods that need to be cooked (only use outdoors).
- Purchase a non-electric can opener.
- Consider using paper plates and utensils for easy disposal.
- Buy disinfectant wipes, bleach and towelettes.
- Collect single serving plastic containers with lids.
- Use a medium sized cooler to store ice.
- Avoid opening the refrigerator or freezer.