Gluten-Free during a disaster

Um, yeah.  Disaster planning is a little bit of a downer.

Okay, it’s kind of a big downer.

But it’s a fact of life.  Hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, blizzards, earthquakes…bad things can happen no matter where you live.  Even if you live in a beautiful meadow where the sun always shines and butterflies float by, there’s still a chance of plague, locusts, or the occasional meteorite. It’s always something.

It’s just best to be ready for the worst case scenario.

I was reminded this morning how true this is.  The first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season hit Mexico.  Yup, it’s that time of year again.  And while I like to think our odds of a hurricane are low, I also know that sometimes those odds become a sure thing.  I had lived in Florida less than a year when Hurricane Wilma passed directly over my home, and the aftermath of that storm is an experience I will never forget.

So, let’s talk disaster planning.  You can Google your local area and your most likely event, and come up with all sorts of advice of what you should have on hand.  I won’t get into that. 

I’m just here to provide a friendly public service reminder.  Be prepared!  If it looks like you might need to evacuate, pack a bag with gluten-free goodies that you can grab.  Should you get flooded out of your home (heaven forbid), don’t count on the emergency shelter having gluten-free food available for you.  I don’t know what the official recommendation is, but I would plan on having at least a few days’ worth of calories, just in case.  (I know, shame on me, I haven’t looked it up yet this year.  Gotta do that…)

My disaster kit is going to have Larabars, pumpkin seeds and pecans in it, for sure.  Gluten-free energy bars, as long as they can survive a lack of air conditioning, are always a good choice.  Don’t forget to have some comfort food on hand.  A little chocolate can go a long way toward lifting your mood after a few days without Internet or warm showers.  Mini-marshmallows can survive all sorts of conditions, and have been known to bring forth smiles during times of stress.

What are some of your favorite provisions to have on hand when the weather is nasty and the power goes out?

About Li

A writer, runner, and Gluten-Free Zealot, I’ve been helping others navigate the gluten-free lifestyle for many years. Life is meant to be enjoyed, and when you’re gluten-free, it’s even better!

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