I learned a lot this week.

Bunny Cakes
By Bunny Cakes Latest Reply 2011-07-03 20:09:01 -0500
Started 2011-05-13 20:35:46 -0500

So Tuesday night around 8pm my electric went out shortly after that we heard the tornado sirens, something I've never heard for a serious reason in the fourteen years I've lived here. After the siren I grabbed the family cat and we rushed to the middle of the house to hide in the bathroom with the rest of the family for a few hours.

We got lucky the tornado didn't touch down near us and when it did touch down it hit were there were no homes and didn't destroy any businesses, unless some poor restaurant owner lost it all during the power outage.

During this time I came to discover that most of my Diabtetic snacks and other foods are refridgerator dependent, seriously not cool when we were without power for basically three days. And it got really nerve wracking since we had a freezer and fridge full of food we'd bought just the week before. Luckily my mother in law's friend had power and allowed us to store our freezer stuff in her house until we got power back.

But this left me with very few "safe" choices for food and stuck me in the hot weather at the same time. The fist day we had no idea what we were going to do because at that point we had no way of saving our food as the saving friend only came in on day two.

All the stress sent my blood sugar numbers through the roof without the really carby food I had to eat because we had nothing else left. I've learned I'm really going to have to prepare better for times like this and find some safer foods I can munch during those times that require no cooking and no fridge.

I am glad that no one got hurt and the only thing we lost were a microwave and my trusty laptop that both seem to have gotten surged when the power kicked back on and a few fridge items we couldn't save. But I wish I had prepared more even if storms like the one Tuesday night almost never happen here.

So Does anyone have some yummy suggestions for snacks and meals that can still be done in those emergency situations?


12 replies

Dixiemom
Dixiemom 2011-07-03 20:09:01 -0500 Report

Here in Ga. where I live most of the storms go north of Atl. We are on the southwest side and have not had too many. But this has opened my eyes as I didn't think about food for a diabetic. I have a camp stove that I can use if there's a power failure and we keep bottlede water on hand. Have nuts and dried friut and protein bars and a protein drink. I use Atkins as it only has 1 or 2 grams of sugar, no carbs and 15gms. protein. Canned fruit,(lite) can be used ans canned beans and some veggies can be eaten raw.

mysticalrose53
mysticalrose53 2011-07-03 15:04:39 -0500 Report

Not far from you Bunny Cakes,Just across the river here in Ohio.You all did get hit hard.I didnt think of adding stuff to our emergency closet for me being Diabetic.With my hubby being A VET we have it well stocked now I have stuff I can munch on. Thanks for bringing that to my attention…HUgs

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-05-16 14:42:11 -0500 Report

There wasn't much damage to our house or property that we can tell right now, it did take out one of my favorite willows in the neighborhood, I'm going to miss looking at it in the mornings.

Cream cheese that doesn't need refrigerated sounds interesting, if for no other reason than I haven't heard of it before.

I didn't feel the sensation of being pulled up by my ears with this tornado, thankfully it wasn't very big, I guess mother nature was going easy on me my first time.

Thanks for the food ideas Graylin!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-05-15 15:26:29 -0500 Report

Glad the tornado didn't cause more the stress for you. Several years ago a tornado went over our house, landing about two blocks away. Made me feel like I was being pulled up by my ears as it went over us. It went through town mainly causing roof damage and topping off trees. We lost a tree branch, the cover to our telephone line box connecting to our house. Then months later in a rainstorm we discovered it had twisted the chimney flume to our furnace when we had a waterfall in the furnace. The night the tornado hit we were with out power from 6 pm to 4am.
Since we lived in a rural small town with frequent blizzard induced power outages we usually had emergency supplies. However this was pre diagnosis of Diabetes.
What a difference emergency food is now. We have lots of nuts on hand, tuna and chicken in the tear open pouches. Aerosal cheese, since it doesn't need refrigeration.
I have a package of cream cheese that dosn't need refrigerated. Found it at an India food store. Haven't tried it yet to see how is tastes.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-05-15 14:51:13 -0500 Report

Where I live now the only problem we have is extremly hot temps. But I will be moving back to an area that has tornados and power outages in the winter ice storms. I wasn't a diabetic before we moved here so I REALLY appreciate your post. I has opened my eyes for when we move back to be aware of the problems you had. THANK you so much for your post.

Harlen
Harlen 2011-05-14 05:38:46 -0500 Report

lol I keep two caces of MRe's on hand just-in-case you never know what may go down ??? I keep an express bag all set up I grab it and the cats ,go down in the celler and we are good for two weeks lol lol lol
Best wishes
Harlen

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-05-13 21:33:01 -0500 Report

Yeah we were totally prepared in the way of candles and water and such but being a new diabetic I had not yet really prepared or even though of going days without electric so my safe food supply was whimpy at best, if we'd gone much longer without power my blood sugars would have been an absolute wreck.

pixsidust
pixsidust 2011-05-13 21:27:21 -0500 Report

Remember you can BBQ almost anything veggies meat etc..
Maybe purchase a small generator for just the fridge/freezers. Keep coolers, candles or lanterns around. Anything bought off a shelf without refrigeration like my sugar free pudding will keep. I am glad you are alright!

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-05-13 20:59:49 -0500 Report

Yeah, we never really have emergency situations here either,as I said above we've not had a single tornado siren in the 14 years I've been here. And before this the longest our power has ever been out was a few hours.

The whole situation taught me I might need to be prepared anyway and it taught me a lot about how stress affects my numbers.

edvel54
edvel54 2011-05-13 20:53:43 -0500 Report

I never really thought about being in an emergency situation.
Where I live we don't have tornado's, hurricanes, or floods. For me it would have to be no power or being stranded on the road. It does get really hot here.I know you get get food storage, but I don't think they are yummy. It is a good question..I will have to get back to you on it.

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