I think most of the world knows by now that the east coast of the US is anticipating Hurricane Irene 2011 in the next few days. She’s making her way through our area on Sunday evening, according to this map.
A storm of this magnitude hasn’t affected NYC in nearly 20 years, so this weekend, we’re in one of the better, safer, drier, parts of New York state. Here in the Catskills it won’t be as severe as the coastline—thankfully—but strong winds and floods in the forecast are not something to take lightly either. It’s better to be safe than sorry, right? Right!
We went out to buy some essentials, just in case. Truthfully, we probably have 3-6 months worth of food and other essentials (and nonessentials), but just in case. Who knows, maybe someone around us will need something and we’d be able to help.
We stocked up on drinking/cooking water in case we lose our town water for whatever reason. Water is the #1 most important thing to have a good supply of. Remember: not too long ago, our water was shut off due to maintenance , so this is like déjà vu, or rather a reminder to have a decent stash of it. You can survive longer without food than you can without water. Make it a priority.
We also have a few 5-gallon jugs for our water cooler, so this extra was just in case. Then, we’ll fill up our bathtubs for other water needs; flushing the toilet, washing hands, etc.
I have a decent amount of non-perishable foods, but I bought just a “few” more things. You know, just in case.
(The tuna pouches were on sale for $1.49 @ Price Chopper)
I bought this at Mother Earth’s last week. I think we’ll be fine as far as hydration goes.
Has anyone tried this with the splash of pineapple? I figure worse case scenario I’ll just smoothie it, but it sounds good. When does pina colada sound bad? Not often!
Dried fruit, trail mix, etc. All good things to have on hand in power outages or if you have to evacuate quickly.
Portable, compact, nutritious, calorie-dense, tasty, no cooking required.
I received this delivery from Amazon yesterday. LOVE macadamia nuts! Also a great source of nutrition to have on hand or bring with you wherever you go.
Jenn’s List of Storm Supplies and Preparations That You’ll Be Glad to Have
We’re all hoping that we won’t need to resort to any of these living conditions, but when the worst happens—power outage, home damage, flooding, etc.,–it’s smart to be as prepared as possible for roughing it for an indefinite amount of time. Just in case!!
If you’re in an extreme threat level area (e.g., on the coast), don’t risk it. Get out of harm’s way instead of trying to ride it out. If you can, leave the area before it starts and go to some place safer. Waiting too long to leave can be just as bad if you run into flooding, falling trees, etc. Don’t hesitate if you are in danger, just go. And take your pets with you if you have any!!!! Don’t leave them behind, they will not be “ok” if flooding or other structural damage occurs.
Tips for Severe Weather and Power Outages
Evacuating? Keep these things in mind…
Our personal OH SH!T KITS
So what do Dustin and I have in our Oh SH!T KITS? Well, we have Oh Sh!t Kits ready at all times, long before this storm was in the forecast. We have three of them (one for each adult to carry) that contain a mixture of: clothes, non-perishable food and K-rations, bottled water, cash, coins, matches, address book with phone numbers and addresses, complete first aid kit with everything from rubbing alcohol to tweezers to tongue depressors, feminine hygiene products, compass, book of edible plants in nature, guns + ammunition, knives, soaps, cat food, flashlights, small bottles of vodka, lighters, garden-size shovel, gloves, hats, hand wipes, vitamins. If disaster should hit or the zombie apocalypse descends upon us, we’re ready to go.
Hopefully none of us need to get into raw survival mode, but if this hurricane brings unrest to your nest, I hope these tips and ideas will help you get through it safely and smoothly.
On a lighter note, let’s talk about food. Yummy, yummy food. For dinner I made pizza on sourdough bread with fresh heirloom tomatoes and provolone cheese:
Garlicky Sourdough Pizza
Makes 8-10 slices
Off to savor the convenience of civilization while we still have it. You never know when we might not!!
Are you getting a taste of Irene? Are you preparing for it? Do you have an Oh Sh!t Kit? If so, what’s inside yours?