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    Emergency Food

    With the anticipated power outage it would be very easy to eat a lot of junk food, but I've prepared a few things that will be fine to eat without being heated and am trying to think of others.

    I do have canned items, but I made a meatloaf that will be good for cold sandwiches, pasta noodles for pasta/tuna salad, hard boiled eggs, gazpacho, grilled chicken, fruit, and salad greens. I'm hoping to at least be able to use my grill by Monday if necessary.

    What do you use as emergency food when there's a prolonged power outage?

    Edit: And I made chocolate chip cookies.




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    Freeze numerous zip-locks full of water. If the power goes out, put them in your fridge, leave some in the freezer to help maintain cool. Open the freezer as little as possible. You also have the melted water in the zip-locks to use if needed.
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    We bought a generator so the fridge and 1 air conditioner were always running. I was in service except for the little sleep I got so MRE's were the menu. Outside of that it was usually canned food or eat what would thaw out before it went bad on a gas or charcoal grill.
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    protein bars would probably be a good choice, although some will melt if they get too hot (like, over 90ish degrees)
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    I bought an 18kw natural gas generator 1.5 yrs ago. works perfectly...power out 20 secs, it powers up the entire house ....it has only powered on once since I got it and that was for less than a minute ( other than the 20 min weekly maintenace check it does)

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    How do you propose to keep the meatloaf from going bad?? canned is the way to go.

    NOW! if you had one of these,you would be stompin in tall cotton.Whole house,natural gas ,auot turn on /off.

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    Natural gas lines get cut after an earthquake.

    Food storage is something I wish more people took seriously.

    Just an extra can of something every trip adds up over time, or you can look into the prepared emergency foods.

    Don't forget water and don't forget any medicines you need to be alive.
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    When my house got destroyed by hurricane Charley, I had a bunch of canned stuff saved up, several propane bottles to cook and boil water and about 8 gallons of water to start ( I sent my family out of town before it hit since I had to work anyway.). I also had a bunch of packs of oatmeal, instant coffee (gotta have my go go juice). I used my patrol car engine block to heat up the canned stuff while I was working (thankfully I did not forget to get them out before they popped ). I also had several boxes of cereal to snack on. After about a week, I was able to scrounge me a generator and a small window a/c unit to put in the one intact room I had left. These things got me by for about the 4 weeks it took for me to get power back. August in SW Florida is a bitch without any a/c. Better get some tire plugs for the car just in case too, those came in real handy.
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    Natural gas lines get cut after an earthquake.
    Not earthquake prone in these parts.After Katrina about the only things unaffected were underground,gas,and after a few days water.BUT the gas was there the whole time,never went out,so we had all the hot food,and heat we wanted,problem was it was 105* in the shade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mavriktu View Post
    How do you propose to keep the meatloaf from going bad?? canned is the way to go.
    Cooked, portioned off, and in the freezer to be moved to a cooler as necessary. It wouldn't last for weeks, obviously, but it would be a good source of protein for several days.


    Quote Originally Posted by Cidp24 View Post
    Freeze numerous zip-locks full of water. If the power goes out, put them in your fridge, leave some in the freezer to help maintain cool. Open the freezer as little as possible. You also have the melted water in the zip-locks to use if needed.
    Yes, sir - I froze several bags of water a few days ago!


    Quote Originally Posted by MacLean View Post

    Food storage is something I wish more people took seriously.

    Just an extra can of something every trip adds up over time, or you can look into the prepared emergency foods.

    Don't forget water and don't forget any medicines you need to be alive.

    I always have a good stock of canned/retorted items on hand - lots of tuna, chicken, soups, vegetables, fruit, evaporated milk, etc. Plus I generally have peanut butter, cold cereal, and protein/cereal bars - I keep an emergency food/water supply in my car as well since I'm often on the road alone.

    In this case, since I had the luxury of time before the anticipated power outage I was trying to think of other things I could have on hand to eat before I had to start in on the canned items. Initially the power company here said that it could be 2-3 weeks before power was completely restored if there were widespread outages as anticipated.




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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLean View Post
    Natural gas lines get cut after an earthquake.

    Food storage is something I wish more people took seriously.

    Just an extra can of something every trip adds up over time, or you can look into the prepared emergency foods.

    Don't forget water and don't forget any medicines you need to be alive.
    we're or I was talking hurricanes

    our natural gas survived Katrina and the 100+ torndoes she spawn.....no other utility source did...we cant cover every base...but try to as many as possile

 

 

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