Looking back the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, anyone with a Television, Radio or Internet understands the importance of preparing for Natural Disasters. What food products are safe after an natural disaster renders electricity moot? Lets dive into this question by looking at the items run by readily available electricity in our homes. Electricity runs our heating and air conditioning, our lighting throughout our home and most important…electricity runs our refrigerators.
What happens when the electricity goes out and our fridges begin to warm? What foods are safe, and when should we begin to take concern. Here are a couple of Food Safety tips for power outages and electrical failures:
Nonperishable & Healthy Foods that withstand electrical failures:
1) Dried Fruits, Jerky, canned tuna & other assorted canned meats, Canned soups, canned veggies, canned beans, crackers, whole grain cereals, Dehydrated Foods- Look for them at any Emergency Preparedness Store, Powdered milk, powdered cheese etc.
2) Drinks that will survive lack-of-fridge include soda, water, beer (my favorite)- Beer will last 5-7 months without a cooling element; however the flavor will be influenced and may not taste as “fresh”.
3) After 2 hours, food safety will begin to decline. Foods such as eggs, fish, fresh meat, dairy products, and any leftovers will need a cooling alternative such as packing in snow (if you are lucky enough to be experiencing electrical failure during the snowy winter), or Packing in ice (although this is a temporary solution due to melting points).
4) Because stoves will likely be incapacitated as well during an electrical failure, it is important to consider storing food items that can be cooked without a stove. Mountain House, Wise Food, Backpackers Pantry are among many Freeze Dried products that will allow you to add water and reconstitute food without directly cooking.
Keep Calm and Carry On!
Congratulations, you have accumulated your Emergency Preparedness gear. Generators, Solar Gear, Water, Water Filters, Bulk Food, Aqua Pails, Forward Hydration Bags, First Aid Kits, everything is accounted for. NOW…
Don’t get caught in an emergency situation without knowing how your equipment and gear works.
Watching the mass preparation going on for Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast, you can’t help but wonder why Americans continue to think their safe with a packaged Generator still in the box. A man and his 7 year old daughter were being interviewed by a reporter doing a cover story on the Massive Hurricane Sandy, set to make landfall within 72 hours. When asked what the man was doing to prepare for the Natural Disaster, he replied ” we just invested over $800 in a new generator, but it’s still in the box in case we don’t need it.”
Are you serious! The man purchased the generator; however, he neglected to buy gasoline and oil to RUN the generator. So, if he needed the item to run his electricity during a power outage, it would be useless to him and his family. Another costly mistake made by a well intentioned individual.
Let’s run down a short list of prep steps you must take in order to familiarize yourself with your Survival Gear and Emergency items:
1) Generators: Take the Survival Equipment out of the packaging and be sure to read up on any additional accessories needed to provide functionality of the device. Generators need oil and Gasoline to run. Without these items stored, you might as well have save yourself a grand. Test your Generator- Run your generator to be certain that it functions properly. The last thing you need to do is test your equipment during the emotionally charged Emergency situation when our acuity is less than perfect. Test your Generators and Solar Gear.
2) Water Filters and Aqua Pails: All Filter systems, from Aqua Pails, Katadyn, Aquamira,- need to be flushed before first use. The Sediment inside all water filters must be plushed 2-3 times before the residue is flushed out and clean water runs thru the filter. Test your Water Filter / Aqua Pail- Be certain you know how your filter is put together and make sure you have accessories to accomodate function. Aqua Pails will require a container /bucket for the clean water to flow into (maybe a couple of painter stir-sticks to balance the pail), and don’t forget a container to pour contaminated or non-filtered water into the Aqua Pail. Without these accessories, your filter will not functional. Test your Water Filters.
3) Bulk Food / Dehydrated Food: Having at least a 1-3 month supply of stored food is rule for Emergency situations and Natural Disaster preparation. Most people that accumulate food preparations neglect to test out their food. Test out your food- Dehydrated food may have preservatives or ingredients that upset the digestive tract, causing gas and bloating. For 95 percent of the people out there there is no concern; however, for those 5percent sensitive to certain preservatives, supplementing dehydrated and freeze-dried foods for canned foods such as canned meats, canned fruits and veggies. Being caught in an emergency situation or natural disaster with food that causes discomfort will add to the emotionally charged situation. Test your Food.
Keep Calm and Carry on my prepared friends.
What classes can you find at Rapid Fire Bunker?
1) Survival First Aid
2) CCW Classes
3) How to build a Bug-Out-Bag
4) Edible Plants
5) Bug-Out University (a) Evacuation and Route Preparedness (b) Food and Water Storage (c) First Aid and Medical kits for longterm use (d) Preparedness Cache techniques and Retreat Survival Skills
6) Bug-in : Home and Vehicle Preparing techniques for Disaster and Emergency Preparation : Evacuation, Fires, Earthquakes, Blizzards, Long Term Power-Outages/ Blackouts, Civil Unrest,
7) CPR Certification Classes
8) Cooking with Dehydrated and Freeze Dried Food
CAll our Littleton Colordo Store for class sign up at 303-797-8278 or visit our Littleton Colorado store at 5765 S. Curtice Street Littleton, CO 80120 www.rapidfirebunker.net for calendar of classes.
Freeze Dried Food Vs. Dehydrated Food
What is the difference between Freeze Dried Food and Dehydrated Food? Here is a quick summary on how to tell a freeze dried food product from a Dehydrated food product. Ingredients: Freeze Dried Food, such as Wise Company Emergency Food and Mountain House Emergency Food, will generally be full of seasoning and mixed with several ingredients. Dehydrated Food will not have seasoning and usually only have one specific ingredient in a # 10 Can. Cost: Dehydrated food costs less than freeze dried food. For Example: A single #10 can of dehydrated mushrooms will equal 27 cans of canned mushrooms which weight is mostly water weight. Taste: Bar none- Freeze dried food tastes the best due to the fact it already has seasoning and multiple ingredients in the pre-packaged container. It is a one stop shop for backpackers, hikers and a quick meal during any natural disaster or Emergency situation.