JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The First Alert Weather team is tracking Tropical Storm Erika as it makes its move to the west and the track shifts, keeping Florida in the area of concern.
Emergency crews are advising that residents prepare now, which includes planning for when the power goes out.
That means having to make meals without refrigerators or stoves. The first thing you want to eat if your power goes out is whatever’s in your fridge. This stuff is only going to last four hours once your power’s out. But if you keep the door of your freezer closed, that food is going to last up to 48 hours.
“With hurricane preparedness, we want to have what’s quick, what’s easy and what’s stable,” said Emily Brantley, a clinical registered dietitian at Mayo Clinic.
But that doesn’t mean it has to be bland. That’s why Mayo Clinic nutritionists put together a three-day meal plan for a family of four that doesn’t require a refrigerator of electricity.
“One of the examples that we have is barbecue chicken sandwiches. It’s made with barbecue sauce, which is a vinegar-based condiment that has a long shelf life, also canned chicken,” Brantley said.
Brantley said while grocery shopping, stock up on canned meats, peanut butter and packets of condiments, which last longer.
Brantley also said to be sure to have plenty of clean water on hand.
“I think the first big mistake is not having enough water on hand. When you don’t have electricity, you don’t have clean water. So for one person each day, it’s important to make sure you have at least one gallon of water,” Brantley said.
Also, be sure to have a manual can opener on hand.
Click here to get a three-day menu, recipes and shopping list to get your family ready in case the power goes out.