N.C. Cooperative Extension – Brunswick County Center will be offering the Hurricane Cookbook program in-person and virtually at the end of July! This program provides participants with more detailed information on nutritious foods to include in a hurricane preparedness food kit. Read more about the program below and to register click the links below:
- Virtual Hurricane Cookbook- July 29, 2021, at 2 p.m.
- In-Person Hurricane Cookbook- July 30, 2021, at 11 a.m.
North Carolina, especially the Southeast region, typically experiences adverse weather, tropical storms, or a hurricane between the months of June and October. These occurrences can be hard to predict so the best way to handle hurricane season is to be prepared with a hurricane kit! A typical hurricane kit includes flashlights, batteries, gas for a generator, water, etc. Some essential items people often forget to prepare are shelf-stable and nutritious food items.
Foods to Consider
- Canned or packaged fruits, no sugar added.
- 100% fruit juices.
- Canned vegetables and beans, no salt added or reduced sodium.
- Canned tuna, packed in water.
- Shelf-stable milk
- Unsalted nuts and seeds
Recipes and Sample Meal Plan
- Recipes from N.C. Cooperative Extension – Brunswick County Center
- Hurricane Cookbook from Florida International University
- Example Shopping List & Meal Plan
- Customize these to fit your family’s needs and preferences
- Buying a little each trip can also help spread the cost over a couple of months.
- Once you have the menus and shopping lists written, they can be stored from year to year, and you won’t have to do that work each year.
- Having nutritious foods on hand and having a meal plan can really help reduce stress and anxiety when it is a genuine emergency.