I grew up in the Heart O' Texas....Waco, to be exact. Since that area is considered part of Tornado Alley, we kept a closet cleared out during the stormy spring and summer months. We were a large family living paycheck to paycheck and did not keep a stocked pantry. We had the bare basics, and the slightest hiccup in the food supply chain would have been a nightmare in our house.
Fast forward to my adult years. I said goodbye to Central Texas and moved a little further south. Now, I don't have to worry about having extra food. I don't need an empty closet for hunkering down during a tornado. Those bad weather days are over, and I'm safe and secure. Sunny days are ahead for me!!
Perhaps, I celebrated my move a tad bit early. Our home is located about 75 miles north of Galveston. I shouldn't concern myself with hurricane warnings, because I'm not living on the beach. Right? Right? WRONG. Do you know what happens around here when the wind blows more than ten miles an hour during hurricane season? People want bread. They don't want just one loaf or a package of buns. No, they want it all. They clear out the entire contents of the bread and tortilla aisle at every grocery store. They take all the food they can fit inside a shopping cart....or two shopping carts. They also stock up on water as if embarking on a trek through the Sahara Desert.
Why the panic? The panic is because of what has happened before and could easily happen again. The heavy rain and high winds of a hurricane often cause street flooding and downed power lines. Flooded streets mean people are stranded in their homes. Loss of power equates to spoilage of food in refrigerators and freezers. An interruption in water supply can take away safe drinking options. So to prepare for all of these might-can-happen scenarios, people make a last minute grocery run and grab ALL THE THINGS!!
My family refuses to be part of the desperate crowd flooding into stores to fight over the last bag of bagels. We have an available food source under almost any circumstance, and are confident that we are ready for a less than perfect weather situation. How do we prepare? Let me tell you.....
We keep a stocked pantry of non-perishable food items, both canned and dry goods. We also store a variety of freeze dried food options. We could just keep tuna or canned soups, but maybe I want some home style chicken and dumplings. Perhaps I have a hankering for scrambled eggs with bacon at breakfast or an ice cream sandwich as a bedtime snack. If I'm trapped in the house with my family (yes, I said trapped), I am going to need some good old-fashioned comfort food to see me through. To save my sanity and make our lives a little easier, we keep some quick fix meals on hand.
In our home, we stock Mountain House. They offer freeze dried foods that boast a 30 year shelf life. The best part about their products--they are pretty dang good. The ice cream sandwiches and the cheesecake bites only show a two year shelf life, but I'm not letting an ice cream sandwich sit around that long. No way--if it's breezy outside, I consider it hurricane weather snack time.
Our decision to become a Mountain House dealer allows us to carry their products on our website and at the vendor events we attend. Hopefully, our customers will enjoy the many simple and flavorful choices available. We like having easy meal options and feel safer knowing we are ready and able to provide for our family. Although we hope we are never in a dire situation, WE are prepared should the need arise.....are YOU?