Is Your Pantry Stocked for a Natural Disaster?

mrosen814 2012/10/29 20:00:00
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Hurricane Sandy is already making an impact on the East Coast, and being prepared for a storm as large as this one is crucial. Even if you think you're well prepared for a natural disaster, it may be best to take stock of your food supplies.

Below are some preparations you can take recommended by the USDA, to ensure the food you have stockpiled is safe for consumption. Do you think you're prepared for a natural disaster?

1) Use an appliance thermometer in the fridge and freezer to help determine if food is safe for consumption in the event of a power outage.

2) The temperature for the fridge should be at 40 degrees or lower and the freezer at 0 degrees or lower.

3) Grouping together your food in the freezer will help the food stay colder longer.

4) Consider freezing leftover items that you won't need immediately, such as deli meats and milk. This will help keep these items at a safer temperature longer.

5) Have ice in the freezer in case the power goes out. A cooler with ice will allow you to prolong the life of your food. If you don't have a cooler, you can also use the ice to keep the refrigerator cool.

6) Fill containers with water and store in the freezer. Not only can this help keep the freezer cooler longer, but it can also serve as a back-up water supply.
For pantry items, store all food on higher shelves in case of flooding.

7) As the storm approaches, turn down the temperature of the fridge and freezer to the max to make it as cold as possible. Don't forget to turn it back once the threat passes.

8) If the power goes out, open the fridge and freezer as little as possible. Opening the doors allows the cool air to escape. A refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if you keep the door closed. A full freezer will keep cool for 48 hours and a half full freezer will keep cool for 24 hours.

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  • Jennifer 2013/09/29 01:35:01
    I have tons of mineral water, granola bars and canned goods. I also have two bags packed if I have to flee. I don't live in an area affected by Hurricanes but the disaster could be anything, even an act of terrorism. I want to be prepared.
  • Skunky Jennifer 2013/09/29 05:03:02 (edited)
    i live in a disaster zone and im not even prepared..

    a major earthquake could happen. or a Typhoon, or even strong winds that can cause a lot of damage...

    the last last typhoon that hit Vancouver was in the 60's. they said it was a category 1 and cause a lot of damage.
  • Betty 2013/03/09 01:22:26
    Yes it is but the food has only three years shelf life
  • Michelle 2013/02/03 01:39:58
    No munched as soon as I get it through door yum yum yum
  • kim 2013/01/26 01:24:53
    Oh wait...I thought you askef if it LOOKED like a disaster!
  • stevegtexas@aol.com 2012/11/08 17:03:25
  • Lee 2012/11/07 22:49:18
    Only if the batteries I overstocked in 1999 for the "Y2K" hype are still good...
  • Gabsters<3 2012/11/02 23:31:32
  • Healingme 2012/11/02 21:51:11
    No,i'm working on it
  • Luke 2012/11/02 12:48:19
    But it still needs work.....
  • Katherine 2012/11/02 10:36:20
    I really wish I could say yes. I'm the kind of person who has to be prepared ahead of time and I don't have squat! And I've been expecting a massive earthquake for the last two years, especially panicky after the succession of events on the Ring of Fire.
  • katywon 2012/11/02 05:38:28
    Mine should be. After we have a bad earthquake we always get busy and get all the recommended supplies and food stocked. But after awhile we don't follow up and end up with some out of time supplies.
  • Bibliophilic 2012/11/02 02:06:15
    No, I'm not a prepper.
  • noha 2012/11/02 00:24:55
    i only cook fresh vegetables
  • countrygirl16 2012/11/01 23:04:02
    Not really.. It never really is
  • lolo 2012/11/01 21:32:38
    Nothing lasts very long in my pantry.
  • Diddley Squat 2012/11/01 20:41:11
    Diddley Squat
    Nope. And I have no intention of doing so.
  • Denai, The Li't Sasquatch 2012/11/01 19:35:14
    Denai, The Li't Sasquatch
    Yes, I am a prepper. Just makes good sense to be ready for storms. I live in Tornado Alley.
  • SIMPATTYCO 2012/11/01 17:43:01
    Rule of thumb MINIMUM 3 DAYS Nobody can get to you much sooner. I lack sympathy for the grasshoppers complaining of no food no water 36 to 48 hours after this storm . Having lived near the GULF COAST most of my adult life ...You know that THEY cannot get to you. THEY were also victims of the same storm.THEY are leaving their homes and families to save you asses because you didn't PAY ATTENTION!
  • rebeccasrevenge 2012/11/01 17:07:55
    beeeer Sure is!
  • Jennifer rebecca... 2013/09/29 01:37:26
  • calvin236 2012/11/01 14:35:01
    But i will make a disaster shelter stocked with food if i need one.
  • sjalan 2012/11/01 03:56:33
    Enough food canned or packaged for 40 people for 3 years. YEP the entire family.
  • Katherine sjalan 2012/11/02 10:39:58
    Now I really hate you. ;)
  • sjalan Katherine 2012/11/02 13:58:47
    Good, maybe it will get you off your fat ass and do something to protect yourself from future downturns like we are coming out of in spite of every effort of an obstructionist Republican/Tea Party to kill the economy.

    1. Get out of debt. NO DEBT TO ANYONE.
    2. PAY OFF YOUR HOUSE (included in above)
    3. Become energy independent
    4. Become Foods independent.
    5. Become MONEY independent.

    Do that with your own hands, back and sinew and you may have a chance at survival when the next major depression hits.

    That's where I'm at and it has taken myself and the family since 1980 to get here.

    Crying about stuff along the way isn't going to help you at all.
  • Katherine sjalan 2012/11/02 14:03:32
    Um, you're directing your violence and anger against the wrong person/group.

    Excuse me for being folksy.
  • sjalan sjalan 2012/11/02 14:14:53
    Since Katherine is so thin skinned as to not be able to take constructive criticism and blocks me, let me state for the record, I consider her comment "Now, I really hate you :)" NOTHING to smile about. Nor is is folksy!

    And if the truth hurts she needs to get a life.
  • Gabsters<3 sjalan 2012/11/02 23:36:21
  • sjalan Gabsters<3 2012/11/03 01:05:08
    Well a guy has to care for his family. And that is exactly what I've done.
  • SoD 2012/10/31 22:53:21 (edited)
    I have one year's worth of dry rations for my entire family and a portable gravity fed water filtration system suitable for filtering 12,000 gallons of storm runoff into potable water at the rate of two gallons per hour.

    I have other stuff too, but won't be talking about that here ;)
  • Katherine SoD 2012/11/02 10:41:16
    Did you know there's a few states where collecting rainwater is illegal... Because they consider it stealing... from the government? Washington State is one. Of all places, somewhere that rains a lot.
  • SoD Katherine 2012/11/02 11:41:08
    I believe that's actually a federal regulation.
  • Katherine SoD 2012/11/02 11:56:38
    In the latest abuse of power, a man in Oregon has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay a $1,500 fine for collecting rainwater on his own land. Gary Harrington was convicted of nine misdemeanor crimes for filling his three man-made reservoirs with rainwater and snow runoff. The state of Oregon claims the water that fell from the sky, is owned by them and the Medford Water Commission.

    As unreal as it may sound, at least 9 states have made it illegal to collect rainwater on your own land. Utah, Oregon, Colorado and a number of other states have passed rainwater laws that either limit or all out ban the collection of rainwater. Apparently, it’s alright for mega corporations to take it, bottle it and then sell it to the public for profit; but if you should try to collect any for yourself – You might need a lawyer!
  • SoD Katherine 2012/11/02 13:34:26
    The regulators and their constabulary henchmen should all be shot on sight.
  • Nomad58 2012/10/31 20:21:15
    I live in the mountains so I have 30 days of food, gas (fuel and natural), and survival equipment. I also have a backup power generator because the power in this area is spotty in rainy weather. So I figure in a truly serious storm and we would be screwed if we didn't stock up.
  • pennie 2012/10/31 18:57:21
    I'm a little confused though. if the disaster was like that here,( HS ) wouldn't we be trying to save ourselves instead of finding the cans in the pantry. I think I wold forget about the food and be trying to get my family to safe grounds. earthquake is understandable to have food stored but for HS I just think people would be more worried about how to get to higher ground.
  • Rave 2012/10/31 17:50:11
    Well about 10 cans of pea soup, quite a lot of instant food that has been left behind and that doesn't ruin. There aren't really any natural disasters around where I live so what's here should be enough to keep me alive for any sudden emergencies.
  • Leslie Hope 2012/10/31 17:41:06
    Leslie Hope
    Well, let's see... (opens door...) First of all, I would have to say that my pantry _is_ a natural disaster. OK, I have a large can of cat food. Cat died last year. Enough dog food for a week or two, 2 dogs live here. Many many many cans of stuff I got on sale... good... I'll live on beans and spaghetti. Six bags of sugar, 10 large cans of coffee, 8 boxes of cookies, 2 kg instant rice. OK so far. A propane Coleman stove, but I need a new tank. Water storage bottles with baking soda water to keep them fresh; I'll have to replace this with clean water at the last minute. Wind-up radios, flashlights, batteries, candles. Need lighters. Not bad, but I'll have to get a few things. Winter's coming.
  • Katherine Leslie ... 2012/11/02 10:44:55
    Tons of candles and lighters. Must get stove and wind-up radio.

    Must add that I love those glow sticks and heavy duty version of which name I forget at the moment. Won't burn your house down, lasts a long time, can submerge in water. Lovely.
  • Todd Parsons 2012/10/31 17:09:32
    Todd Parsons
    I can last for nearly a year

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