Last week, Hawai’i was warned that two hurricanes, Iselle and Julio, were expected to hit the islands over the weekend. From what it looked like in the weather projections, Iselle in particular was heading right for us, and this would be the first time in about 20 years that a hurricane would make landfall. In these cases, civil defense and the weather service can let us know in advance to prepare. I take these warnings seriously and definitely hope for the best yet prepare for the worst. We’ve been lucky here so far on O’ahu that we haven’t had more damage, for example, with the recent tsunami warnings and hurricane season runs until November.
Even by the Tuesday preceding the weekend when it was predicted to hit us, supplies like water were completely sold out in the regular drug stores, grocery stores, and Costco. I had already decided that it would be better to stock up on food and supplies in the event that it would be very serious, but what could I purchase that were appropriate for an emergency situation and yet still fit my value of healthy eating?
Here’s what I ended up with:
BATTERIES: For my 2 flashlights
CANDLES: Reminds me of growing up living summers off the grid for months with my family in Northern Idaho. (My family still does this, but they now have electricity!)
GAS for my car. I don’t have a battery operated radio at this time so my car would have to charge my cell phone and be my radio.
BUTANE gas for portable gas stoves. They’re called “hurricane stoves” for a reason.
WATER: While everyone was upset that the town was “sold out”, the health food store sold empty gallon jugs that you could purchase and fill up for $.50/gallon with purified water, so I got 4 and then took all my large cooking stock pots and cooler and filled those up with water.
CANNED FOOD: I don’t usually purchase canned foods, with the exception of canned beans, but if there is no electricity to keep the refrigerator cold, then simple things are important. I ended up getting a variety of organic soups that had the fewest ingredients possible. I’ll keep them through hurricane season and then I can always donate them during a canned food drive.
PACKAGED FOOD: Organic miso and vegetable ramen, soy milk, packets of Korean nori (these never last long in my house and were gone before the hurricane arrived), fig newtons, rice crackers, bread, organic peanut butter and 100% fruit jam. I had 2 bars of dark chocolate, but decided to go back and get a third. (Priorities!)
DRIED FOODS: Dried fruits and nuts like raisins, dates, apricots, and almonds. Cous cous cooks quickly and easily, and so does oatmeal, so I stocked up on those grains.
FRESH PRODUCE: Kale and other green veggies are growing in my garden, but I bought things like apples, sweet potatoes, and carrots, which are all things that can store easily if the electricity were to go out.
Before the storm hit I did some cooking, but it was very simple preparation, like steamed sweet potatoes, hummus, and a lot of broccoli.
Luckily, we dodged a bullet, and currently, we are out of the danger of these two hurricanes. Wishing you a safe and healthy hurricane season.