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Tornado Survival: What’s For Dinner?

Tornado survival plans really need to include plenty of food and water, but when you’re doing your grocery shopping for this kit, you need to think about it quite carefully.

It’s always a good idea to have your grocery cupboards well-stocked during tornado season, just in case you are able to stay in your house but unable to get to the grocery stores for a while.

 

What to Eat if There’s a Tornado

In the event of a tornado emergency, you should always aim to eat more perishable foods first, followed by other, less-perishable items.

Perishables First: First of all, eat all of the perishable foods from your refrigerator. You know the stuff with a “use by” date (fresh meats, vegetables, salad, milk, cheese and other perishables). Eat all of those up first.

Freezer Items Next: Secondly, move on to the freezer. Even if you’ve been without power for two or three days, the food in your freezer should still be okay for you to eat, especially if you don’t open the door too often. Only open the freezer door when you actually need something to eat from the freezer and close it up again as soon as possible to help it to retain the temperature.

Pantry Last: Once you’ve finished the contents of your freezer, you should move on to a well-stocked larder cupboard. It’s a good idea to keep an extra supply of food stuffs during tornado season just in case of an emergency. Remember, many tinned, canned or packet foods can be eaten straight away without any preparation at all. Lots of dried soups and cereals though need to be reconstituted with water, and energy or cereal bars offer good extra sustenance during your tornado emergency diet plan.

 

What Foods to Stock

Good foods to keep in stock up during tornado season:

  • canned stews and soups
  • canned meat and fish (ham, tuna, sardines)
  • peanut butter
  • canned vegetables
  • cartons of juice and milk
  • prepackaged survival meals (which need mixing with water)

 

A little sensible planning is required to make sure that you don’t go hungry during a tornado emergency. Remember, the average adult needs around 2000 calories per day, and you should aim on having enough food for three meals every day.

 

Other Tornado Survival Equipment

There are a few more things which you’ll need in order to be able to enjoy this food!

  • can openers (not the electric kind, you could be without power for a few days remember)

 

  • some sort of cooking equipment / gas stove for heating or cooking the food

  • cooking pots and pans
  • plastic plates and cutlery
  • matches (kept in a waterproof container)

 

Just a few ideas about what you should have handy, just in case you do find yourself in the middle of a hurricane emergency any time soon.

 


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