This is my personal soapbox. Feel free to ignore me, but ….Do you have an emergency food plan? And is it GF?
Tornado season is starting here, but you may have other natural disasters in your neck of the woods that should make you think. Earthquake boxes are popular on the West Coast. Hurricane evacuation box for the East Coast? Ice Storm box? Some parts of Kentucky are STILL without power after 3 weeks.
…. and what do you have stocked away for that kind of mess? What can you put aside to keep you gluten-free, and actually FED for five days, or longer without having to resort to eating wheat. (bleah)
Help doesn’t always arrive, and when “help” comes, will it be gluten free? Probably not. They will think they are “helping you” with a nice piece of wheat toast. No thanks. I am going to double the size of my box this year. Maybe triple it. I am adding beans and rice though, that weren’t in it before, that will help.
I am approaching this plan with “camping” in mind. Think long term camping, with no backup grocery store to run to. Think of things that are easy to fix. Take no preparation or at a minimum some boiled water, in one pan. (**Note to self: put matches in the box.**) I can always start a fire and get out the tent if I need to .. well… if it’s still here after the tornado rips through the neighborhood, anyway.
The planning sheet is starting point. Yours will completely vary from mine, because you don’t have other restrictions beyond gluten-free. I have to consider about 40 other things on the “no – no” list, like eggs, and soy and whatever. You can add canned soup, and whatever if you want to. I don’t eat it on a regular basis, so why would it be in my care kit? GF soup cubes, sure.
If you have small kids, pack a change of clothes, a toy and pacifer if you need a backup. I would so much rather have two than none. Consolidate your kit in a carry bag in the hall closet, or box, or boxes, that are small enough that you can throw them in the car and leave in about 3 minutes. GO! Where’s your flashlight?
Emergency Food Box Plan = food for four+ days. ……… Planning Page
Dried Blueberries – Canned Pears – Golden raisins – Berry jam
Baked beans – Green beans – White beans – Kidney beans
Starkist Albacore tuna – Chicken-water only
Rice milk – Juice boxes – Bottled water – Coconut milk – Coffee/tea – Lemonade powder
Chocolate bar – Gummi Bears – hard candy – GF soup cubes
Cream of rice cereal – Rice crackers – Sunflower seeds – Shredded coconut –
Freeze dried foods – Dried rice – beans – lentils – noodles –
medicine – vitamins
Other things to think about:
Flashlight + batteries – Radio + batteries
Can opener – Bottle opener
Duct tape – plastic tarp
Gas stove + fuel
Cooking pot – Stirring spoons – Table cover – Paper plates
Paper bowls – Paper towels – Toilet paper – Garbage bags –
Knives – Forks – Spoons
Salt/pepper – Spices – Dried cilantro – Cooking Oil if needed
Emergencies are just that. Emergencies. Be prepared.