Go On, Irene…

I have a love-hate relationship with hurricanes.

When I first moved to Florida in 2004, the storm season pretty much made my career in TV news. I was only in town for a few weeks when Charley, Frances and Jeanne nailed us, and I found myself thrown into the control room for 12-hour shifts.

image source: College Humor

Fun times.

But because I do my best work on deadline and in crisis control, I was able to very quickly make a name for myself at the TV station, and ended up producing some of the top newscasts on the schedule.

When Katrina hit Louisiana, the NBC station and employees’ homes were so badly damaged that the entire operation moved down to Central Florida to set up temporary broadcast facilities, and once again, I saw the power of Mother Nature to disrupt lives.

So hurricanes have been good for me and terrible for others. 

Now that I’m out of TV news, a home owner myself and facing yet another hurricane season, I’m re-familiarizing myself with the phrases:

  • Cone of danger
  • Hunker down
  • Hurricane supply kit
  • Evacuation routes
  • Category 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Forecast track

Like so many in the hurricane zone, I’m tuning in for the latest updates from the Hurricane Center, trying to pick which projected path will actually come true, and wondering…is this the next big one?

Irene has the potential to be a real BEEEEEEYATCH of a storm. And of course I’m thinking first of people whose lives and property may be threatened — in the Bahamas, in Florida and even as the tropical whatever-it-will-be moves north.

image source: The Weather Channel

Mostly, I’m just resigned to another summer/fall of watching the tropics and getting ready for the impact.

If you had to put together a hurricane kit with foods to sustain you for 3 days — what would you bring?

Cookies? Fruit? Protein bars? What couldn’t you live without while hunkered down?

P.S. My buddy MomJovi did a great (and much more helpful!) post on surviving the hurricane season: “Hurricane Tips From a Pro (Sorta).

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  1. says

    Bread, bananas, peanut butter, & brownies! I think that would keep me happy for 3 days :) I just love the image you got from the Weather Channel! It really shows how Irene is headed straight for us!! YIKES, I don’t think NC has seen a storm like this in a few years.

  2. says

    Luckily (for us, anyway) Irene doesn’t look like it’s going to hit Florida much. I feel bad for anyone in the Carolina’s, though. :(

    I’d have Clif bars (I buy ’em by the case),a 21b bag of baby carrots, nuts/trail mix, canned soup, bread, peanut butter, and fresh fruit (enough apples and bananas to last 3 days).

  3. says

    My husband and I were discussing this today! Even though we’re on the Gulf coast – and out of most projections now – you never really can be too safe, right?

    When we gather foods for an emergency kit, we usually get things like PB&J, beef jerky & nutrigrain bars. Occasionally we’ll get a couple days worth of “hearty” fruits like apples – most other things don’t seem to do so well in the heat down here. And of course lots of WATER!

  4. says

    I just bought water today, but I hear the path isn’t coming near us as of right now. Who knows tho. I wouldn’t even need to shop for a hurricane. My pantry is a palethera of protein bars, granola bars, chips, crackers, peanut butter. I remember when Charlie came over us and I had no power for 5 days…I never wanted another pop tart again. That food can get OLD fast. (Pointe Orlando had power so I went to the movies so I could get a pizza there.) :-)

  5. says

    I was stuck in my college dormroom when the 2004 hurricanes hit Orlando, and even up in Gainesville we had no power and things were flooded. I had only been away at school for a month or so, and I got so homesick. Definitely water, bread and peanut butter. I should probably pick up some stuff today. I shudder to think of us living off what we have that doesn’t require heating up…I think all we have is a bag of Cheetos.

  6. says

    2004 was my first hurricane season and Charley was my first hurricane. Besides the necessities in my hurricane, you also have to have candy or a sweet of some sort!. After all, if you’re in a rough situation, you have to have a treat.

  7. says

    I had actually just moved to Orlando as well in 2004. They say the most purchased item before a hurricane is Pop-Tarts, so maybe I’ll stock up on some of those. I was thinking of getting some bread, peanut butter, apples, and some water. I’m going to fill the bathtub up if the storm does take a turn toward us.

  8. says

    I moved to Orlando in 2004 too, just a month before the hurricanes hit — how crazy is that?! I’m actually one of those people who always need to get stuff if a hurricane hits because the only thing I have in my pantry that I can enjoy without power is beans. Just call me the queen of produce ha!

  9. says

    It’s strange because up north (I live in Vermont), we don’t have to really worry about such devastation.
    But if it were a massive snow storm on the other hand….. I would bring avocados- most bang for their size in satiety and calories and I LOVE them. A jar of almond butter. And beef jerky.

  10. says

    We don’t often have to worry much about hurricanes in this part of Virginia, but in recent years we’ve done a lot of the old “shelter-in-place” routine with our snowstorms. It’s a different environment for sure but we usually end up doing things like fondue and baking cakes with obscure ingredients cause we’re out of the usual suspects. I’m about to the point of overthinking this one, so I’ll just stop. Now I’ll be watching the news to see what happens.

  11. says

    Chocolate, wine, oh… I guess I need real food too huh?

    Whole wheat bagels, honey wheat pretzels, peanut butter, apples, trail mix, bottled water, chips/salsa/refried beans (Im sure those dont really need to be refrigerated…do they?), anything else I could think of that’s either whole grain or protein packed

  12. says

    My inlaws moved to central FL in early summer 2005 from Western NY. After buying their house down there they had to get all new storm shutters. Bring on the snow and ice, but I can’t imagine preparing for hurricanes. My 3-day kit would include whatever fresh produce was in my apartment, a jar of PB + bread or graham crackers, bottled water, and hopefully some kind of coffee product.

    …and as I’m typing this to you, there was an earthquake.

  13. says

    Wow! Good Luck… I work in TV too but up in Canada we get the wicked blizzards and snow problems instead of hurricanes. They definitely make for crazy news days – but its also cool being the place people can look to for info to get through the crazy weather!

    My kit would have water, canned fruit and protein bars. Oh and who am I kidding CHOCOLATE!

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