Emergency Preparedness

How would your family fare during an emergency? Adults may be able to wing it for a couple of days, but if you are a parent, you better be prepared for a worse case scenario. Many who thought they were prepared for Hurricane Sandy, found that they had grossly underestimated how horrible the hurricane could be.

What would happen to your family if you have no power… no lights and no heat and no water… for more than a day or two? What if the cell towers are down?

A well-stocked pantry is the best way to prepare for natural disasters. Once an emergency alert is made, the store shelves are stripped bare in minutes. Being prepared takes you out of the stressful situation of having to purchase food or other necessary supplies at the last minute.

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After a disaster, long lines and price gouging may exist. Price gouging on food is unethical and illegal, but that doesn’t necessarily stop it. An increase of more than ten percent during an emergency is considered excessive and the store may be fined. But who’s checking, when the officials are rescuing people and keeping the peace? After Hurricane Sandy, some have reported seeing a can of coke selling for $4; a pair of D batteries for $7. In addition, stores, which are able to open immediately after an emergency most likely, will accept only cash.

One aspect of natural disasters often overlooked, is how they affect food distribution. Even if your area is spared from devastation, the highways to your area may be impassible. Thousands of truckloads of food, that were headed for stores in the Northeast, are stuck on roadsides and in warehouses. Not only are food supplies important during an emergency, but the days following.

Prepare your family, your business and even your pets. It’s too late to prepare for the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, if you live in the Northeast. It’s not too late to prepare for the next disaster, no matter where you live.

Check out “Are You Ready?” This site will help you get informed, make a plan and build a kit. You’ll also want to check out my “Emergency Preparedness” and “Food Storage” categories to the right of this page. Then check out “Gourmet Pantry Cooking.” After all, you’ll want some tasty recipes to make with that food storage.

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