December 21, 2009
Are You Ready for Bad Weather?
When I lived in Los Angeles, everyone talked about “the big one,” referring to a disastrous earthquake. Now that I live on the east coast, earthquakes are not part of my reality, but the occasional bad snowstorm is.
A good part of the country got buried in snow over the weekend and the crowds were out filling up on provisions before the blizzard hit. Every year there are pictures in the newspaper of people with milk, eggs and toilet paper in their shopping carts. In fact, it’s become a shopping cliché.
Why those three things? Are people afraid there will be a shortage? I understand that there are always going to be people who need to do their regular weekly (monthly?) shopping just before a snow emergency, but what are the rest of those folks doing running out for these odd supplies?
You can create a well-stocked pantry with just a few basics and not have to worry about running out of food for several days. You can find a good list at the emergency-preparedness site Ready.gov. In the hopes that you will still have power during a snowstorm, I would also add canned soups, canned/bottled sauces, pasta, canned meat/fish and frozen vegetables. With these staples, you will always have something available to create a variety of meals.
Of course, it’s always a good thing to have some extra toilet paper on hand, too.
What food would you most want in a severe weather condition? Click on Post a Comment, below, and tell us.
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