I moved from tornado alley and today I live in a hurricane zone which took a major hit in 2004. For those in hurricane areas: December first, remove your food that will expire in the next six months.
Ready-to-eat Rice - These vacuum packages of rice require neither refrigeration nor water to prepare.
Since last week was National Hurricane Preparedness Week, it’s the perfect time to review some important hurricane preparation tips. Family members are often separated when hurricanes strike; it’s important to plan how to contact loved ones well in advance of a disaster.
Since communication lines may be down or tied up in the immediate area of a hurricane, identify an out-of-state contact that can relay information between separated family members. Finally, as a family, determine safe evacuation routes and have a primary and secondary inland meeting location to gather in the aftermath of a hurricane. Because hurricane evacuations are common and you may be forced to survive on your own, it’s important to have a supply of at least 72 hours worth of food, water and other necessary emergency items. Cover the windows in your home in advance of a hurricane, using permanent storm shutters if possible.


Tie down or bring in lawn furniture, garbage cans or anything else that can be blown about in a hurricane. Real Simple says that you should include high-energy, high-protein foods in your emergency stockpile, since you might need to expend more energy during an emergency than you normally would.
The article offers a bunch of helpful tips, such as choosing individually packaged cereals so they don't become stale after opening and keeping a can of Sterno handy to warm up foods indoors. It never hurts to prepare for the worst, so in addition to your food rations, don't forget your 72-hour emergency kit or long-term survival kit.
As part of your family communication plan, you should make contact information cards listing the phone numbers of each family member. Food Insurance® recommends that you have enough food and water to last you and your family for two weeks. The items recommended on their food supply list have long expiration dates: peanut butter, for example, and, of course, canned meats and vegetables (don't forget the can opener!).
If you live in a hurricane prone area, you are entering peak hurricane season and need to take action. Using this food calculator, you can determine the number of days your emergency food supply will last, depending on the number of adults and children in your family.


If this pop quiz caught you off-guard, take measures now to avoid being unprepared for a hurricane. Interesting ideas for your stockpile include basic seasoning and sweeteners to make your food taste better and multivitamins to help replace nutrients. Follow the aforementioned hurricane preparation tips and be prepared for any test Mother Nature may throw at you this hurricane season.
As it turned out, despite the unexpected nature of the quiz, these students were thoroughly prepared and passed with flying colors. Unfortunately for many others like myself, the surprise caught us off-guard, and we suffered the consequences for our lack of preparation.



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