LAFAYETTE, LA - As hurricane season approaches, many residents will be headed to local grocery stores grabbing as much food as they can to prepare.
Angelle Cloud says the more food you have , the harder it is to keep from spoiling.
“People who overbuy don’t necessarily have that storage space, so next thing you know you're wasting food that wasn't dual purpose and you can’t save.” Angelle Cloud Said.
Cloud encourages residents to shop smart while preparing to get food for their homes.
“You don’t need to go crazy and buy 8 loads of bread for three days, you're not going to need it. “ Angelle Cloud Said.
Some things to strongly consider when your power goes out is buying good non-perishable foods.
“Consider canned goods but not just the vegetables that we are used to , you should also buy things like meat and fruit. You also want to buy grains that are good for a long time and it’s an extra bonus if you find something that you can freeze.” Angelle Cloud Said.
Most importantly , Cloud says buying as much water as possible will help with cleaning around the house.
“Buying more water is a great idea , rather than a bottle. You can buy it by the gallons because water is multipurpose. You might need to bathe , you might need to drink , and you might need to cook with it.” Angelle Cloud Said.
Cloud says if you’re buying items for your freezer – keep in mind how long it will stay cold. generally… a full freezer will stay at a safe temperature for 48 hours after the power goes out. half-full… 24 hours.
Here are some additional tips for food safety during hurricane season:
1) Don’t panic buy! The more food you have the harder it is to keep from spoiling. Buy when you need for a normal week or so with extra water and any disposable dinnerware as needed.
2) Canned goods are great for emergency situations. Fruits, vegetables and meats can be eaten as is and stay good for long periods of time without the need for refrigeration.
2) Having extra bottled water will allow you to drink, cook, wash and sanitize but can also be mixed with electrolyte drink mix and be dual purpose in that aspect too.
3) Freeze containers of water to act as ice blocks for your food storage.
4) Cooking ahead (especially in a situation where you may not have access to heat for cooking while the power is out) can be a great idea if those foods are able to be frozen and eaten thawed.