Aug 25, 2011

My Freezer Died and a Hurricane is Coming

What losing a freezer that I've had for 25+ years and Hurricane Irene have to do with the other, I'm not sure, except for the fact that if we lose power, I won't have to worry about what to do with all the extra food in my extra freezer since that was done late last week and early this week. It's funny how you get attached to things...that old freezer has been with us for most of our marriage, we hated to see her go, but as a result, I'm not tempted to buy more food than I need just because there's extra space to store it. But it served us well while we had it.

As for Hurricane Irene...those of you in the path...are you prepared? Do you have your plans made for this or any other natural disaster? Here's some things you should be thinking about when it comes to food and water:

  • Have a plan for what you'll do with food in your refrigerator or freezer if your power goes down.
  • Have enough drinking water on hand...we will be filling a very large Gatorade water cooler that we have, plus have quite a bit of bottled water on hand, and juice, etc.
  • Do you have the ability to cook if there is now power?  We live in a situation where our oven and stove top use propane, a large tank that we take to be filled ourselves, so are okay there, but you may not...barbecuing may be possible, but these are things you should have a plan for.
  • You may want to put together a meal plan in advance.
  • Non-perishable foods are a good idea for times like this, though personally, since I'll still be able to use my stove or barbecue grill, I'd be wanting to cook the things that are going to thaw out in my freezer if the power goes down.
  • What will you do with the foods in your refrigerator that will go bad quickly if not cold, like milk, salad greens, cheese and such?  If the power is only down for a day or so, nestling it between some of the foods in your freezer until it, too, thaws might save it for a while until you can find a way to use it.
Be sure to visit the emergency management website for your State for further information on what to do to be prepared for Hurricane Irene, and may we all come through this fine...better yet, may things not be as bad as predicted. 

Updated 3/29/16

In hindsight, this storm was bad, and Hurricane Sandy the following year, even worse. So unusual for our area to have storms this intense!