What post-ops should stock in case of a hurricane or emergency

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If you’re reading this post, it’s probably hurricane season, and there’s probably a storm headed your way. During emergencies you hear the standard issue “water, bread, milk, toilet paper, flashlight” advice, but I thought I’d also share the WLS-specific items in my emergency pantry.

Here are a few things you might stock up on if you are hunkering down for a storm.

For protein shakes



  • These days you can get lots of shelf-stable, ready-to-drink options. I’d suggest getting a variety. Cream-based ones like Premier Protein work well. My go-to clear drink is BiPro Protein Water. All are shelf stable and last a really long time.
  • If you are a person who likes to make their own protein drinks, your best bet is some sort of shelf-stable milk.
  • Shelf-stable milk (pictured above). It’s usually in the same aisle as cereal. While it does not need to be refrigerated so long as it is unopened, once it’s open you need to use it because it will go bad after a while. My advice? They make these in 4 oz. boxes (that look like juice boxes), so pick yourself up a pack of those. They make them in every kind of milk (soy, almond, cow’s).(Actually that’s a good idea no matter what.) And, Obviously, protein powder of some sort. Here’s my current favorite kind.
  • A blender bottle. And my suggestion is the one with the wire ball just because I find it mixes more thoroughly.

Protein Snacks/Other Foods

Even the most avid protein shake lover gets tired of them after a while. Here are a few other snacks that keep well that you can stock up on:

  • Turkey Jerky (here’s my favorite kind)
  • Dried, roasted edamame (or my current obsession…roasted broad beans)
  • Turkey pepperoni
  • Peanut butter and low-calorie rice cakes
  • Canned tuna and/or chicken (and if you can get your hands on packets of light mayo and/or mustard that helps as well)
  • Soy crisps (although don’t go crazy with these!)
  • TVP (can be mixed with water/seasonings to sub for ground meat in a pinch. If you’re saying “what’s that?” click here)
  • Protein bars (if you can find Quest, they are great on the stats and I also suggest Pure Protein)
And, last but not least, make sure you have plenty of bottled water on hand! If plain water bugs you, be sure to also pick up packets of Crystal Light, True Lemon, True Orange or True Lime to make it easier to drink.
I invite you all to share more items you think might help your fellow Foodies in the event of a massive power outage. The goal here is to stay safe and meet your basic needs, NOT to necessarily be eating gourmet through a hurricane.
Stay tuned later on today for the spinach recipe and most of all stay safe, Foodies!


  1. Thank you for this!! I am in CT and we are supposed to get hit pretty bad! Great suggestions! I am so used to stocking up for the kids, and then end up with no brain power left to figure anything out for myself! Thanks again!

  2. Don't forget water!! Mix up some big containers of CL if that's your fancy or at least store some jugs of plain H2O in case your water is contaminated or you have no running water…also useful for flushing toilets. Here in CT too and I am hitting the store today to stock up before the mad rush. Thankfully I was okay during both last years Halloween blizzard and Hurricane Irene, but I know I may not be so lucky a 3rd time.
    I know you said tuna already but they sell the little pre-mixed with mayo cans and pouches with crackers and such included and I've seen them in chicken and shrimp varieties too. I've actually found them in my Dollar Store on occassion.
    I've in the past used a sterno can and my cast iron fondue pot to heat up soups and other canned goods when the stove wasn't an option.

  3. Great tips! I didn't include water mostly because people already buy it but you are right. You can't stress hydration enough!!!

  4. Yeah, the outages in MD during the Derecho were insane… I did a lot of eating out because Pepco restored power to businesses before residences! With that in mind, had my husband take a cooler full of our freezer to his work – chicken & egg substitutes from Costco will survive Sandy!!!

  5. Well we are praying here in York that it does not hit as hard as they are saying. Went to the grocery today and really had a problem trying to decide what to buy that would be suitable for me….sure wish I had read this earlier!! Although I do have a gas stove so I can cook so I did get some staples for meals with beans, etc….it is certainly a challange!

  6. Thanks for the ideas. I will be praying for you. We are in South Jersey so it is scary!