Exactly what's Cooking After The Earthquake?

Now that we've had a couple of great shakers in Southern California, it's time to give some more major thought to survival. According to the clinical types, we're way past due for an earthquake on the San Andreas Fault-- and many of the other 221 faults in Southern California.

A significant quake will suggest that we aren't most likely to see relief workers for days or even weeks, depending upon how prevalent the damage is. That indicates we'll be accountable for our own water and food, and yes, for doing our own cooking.

Forget The Microwave!

Without electricity, the microwave will be ineffective and, if gas mains are compromised, you're on your own unless you have a gas barbecue and adequate bottled gas to meet your requirements. Missing that, we suggest investing in a portable camp range. They vary from $25 for a single-burner, table-top design to multi-burner designs in the $100 range.

The smaller range and its fuel containers might weigh less but will limit the kind of cooking you can do. You will also most likely desire special pans that nest for space saving, and the utensils (non-scratch?) that go with them.

Commercial Kits Normally Contain a Lot of Odd Items That Never Get Eaten.

Instead of depending on the freeze-dried food or military-style food packets usually discovered in ready-made survival kits, analyze exactly what kind of dried and canned foods you generally enjoy. Merely purchase included quantities and rotate your supplies to keep the freshest on hand.

Purchase and store added water for drinking, cooking and bathing. Just how much your household needs depends on a number of aspects, including home family pets.

The typical recommendation of 1 gallon of water every day (6-8 glasses for drinking) might be more than you will really use, but possibly not.

Again, your home will have special demands for water. In locations like Southern California, for instance, where 2/3 of the daily water supply comes by method of aqueduct from Northern California (which crosses the San Andreas fault 32 times!), citizens may be faced with a water supply shortage for several weeks.

Cooled Food Starts to Spoil in Four Hours.

For the first couple of days you will be handling food in the fridge and freezer. You (and your neighbors) may be consuming rather elegantly - if you can prepare.

It's the next 10 days to weeks that will be the most challenging.

According to FoodSafety.gov, the most crucial thing is to keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. If they stay sealed, your refrigerator can keep food cold for about 4 hours, and a complete freezer can keep food safe for about 48 hours.

You can get some extra mileage out of your frozen and cooled food items by filling empty areas in your freezer with one-gallon plastic bottles of water. The ice will keep things chillier longer, and offer another source of drinking water.

Having a survival kit is better than having absolutely nothing.However gathering a genuine supply of healthy and tasty food, with the ability to heat it or prepare it, will provide you a much safer and more safe and secure foundation for making it through the emergency situation.