According to the updated reports, Florence has been upgraded to a Category 4 Hurricane so it is time to implement your hurricane preparedness plan and be ready.
You are either leaving town, going to a local shelter or your home is a "safe" place to hunker down for the storm. Florence has rapidly intensified and is likely to hit the East Coast Thursday. Life-threatening storm surge and destructive winds are expected. Massive inland rainfall flooding is expected and tropical storm force winds may arrive as son as Wednesday night.
Your main goal is to try to keep your stress levels under control with prayer and meditation, eat high energy foods, keep your cool and try and make some happy storm memories so the children are not fearful!
The availability of safe water and sanitation facilities, the degree of crowding, the underlying health status of the population, and the availability of healthcare services all interact within the context of the local disease ecology to influence the risk for communicable diseases and death in the affected population.
Beside the damage of roofs, flooding and power lines, when a hurricane finally passes, it can spread deadly disease in its wake. We need to be concerned about Cholera. Cholera is an infectious disease, which can cause severe diarrhea which can lead to dehydration and if untreated, death. Dysentery, an intestinal illness caused by Shigella bacteria, is also known to worsen after hurricanes. Mosquito borne ailments are a concern and pols of water are perfect breeding ground for the insects that transmit diseases. Generally speaking, mosquitoes mean more disease. The concern is people are generally not in the best of shape and any of these factors are a cause for concern.
Flu season is also right around the corner with cases already reported and increased viral activity set to begin early October via the CDC.
Symptoms can begin about 2 days (but can range from 1 to 4 days) after the virus enters the body.
That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Some people can be infected with the flu virus but have no symptoms. During this time, those people may still spread the virus to others.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Psalm 57:1-2
- Never waste money on “hurricane food” that you would be appalled to eat on a normal day. Everything you purchase should be items you would eat any other day of the week, so nothing goes to waste!
- Many foods with a long shelf life have high sodium content, so use those in moderation.
- Use up what you have in the freezer and frig first. Eat up perishables such as meat, eggs and dairy quickly.
- Make a plan for nonperishable like water, trail mix, beans, tuna, pasta, cereal and canned fruit. Dried apples, cranberries, prunes, nuts, seeds, protein powders, bone broth powder, raisins, brazil nuts, pecans,Psalm 57:1-2 and powder coffee creamers, tea, honey, instant coffee and powder soups. You can probably heat water easily! Pudding for the kids, fresh fruit and veggies, bananas carrots, broccoli and cauliflower will keep for a week. Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit, keep for a few weeks, as do melons, apples and hard-skinned gourds, like butternut and spaghetti squash.
- Gather disposable plates, plastic ware, cups, and aluminum foil. A dirty sink will stress out the cook!
- Olives, sunflower seeds, sprouts, and chickpeas can be tossed with olive oil and spices for a little more flavor — or chili powder for a spicy kick, mashed avocado with a sprinkle of lime and salt, add in roasted red peppers, and whole-grain pita wedges.
- When power goes out combine 1 part oats and 1 part water, and let the mixture sit overnight. In the morning you can add sliced banana, raisins, or apple and cinnamon, for a no-cook bowl of oatmeal. You can also add in chia, pumpkin or flax seeds.
- Canned corn, tomatoes, legumes, can all be mixed with lime, garlic, & salt. (Make sure you have a hand-held can opener.)
- Smash chickpeas, and stir in lemon juice, minced garlic, and a touch of salt for a homemade hummus dip. Serve with sliced veggies and whole-grain crackers or pita for dipping. For a bean dip trio, mash up an assortment of beans, such as black, kidney, and cannellini.
- Carrots, cucumbers, and beets can all be spiralized into noodles or cut into ribbons with a veggie peeler, and then tossed with seasonings like oil, vinegar, and herbs for a no-cook pasta.
- Canned tuna with onion, diced tomato, and cilantro works well. Season with lime juice, salt, and pepper, and top with sliced avocado.
- A simple high protein combo of mashed avocado, canned tuna, celery, and red onion works as the base, add-in apple, walnuts, dill, Dijon mustard, cumin, or pickle juice.
- Veggie wraps are super easy and can be customized using whatever is left in the house — all veggies, beans, and seasonings. Start with whole-wheat tortillas (or use romaine, kale, or collard greens as wraps), then pack in canned beans, onion, tomato, cucumber, and any other veggies you have on hand, and drizzle with oil and vinegar.
- Peanut butter and jelly on bread. Add sliced banana, apple, or strawberries. Or use whole-wheat tortillas.
- Boil eggs. Don't peel them—they'll stay fresh longer. eat them straight, slice them for a sandwich, or chop them and throw them on top of a kale salad with some grated Parmesan.
- While your stove still works, (if you eat bacon) fry some up ahead of time. It doesn't need to stay in the fridge once it's cooked, and you can use it in a BLT or crumble it over a salad.
- Roast a few heads of garlic. This also doesn't require refrigeration and it can add flavor and keep you from getting run down with your immune system. Garlic becomes deliciously squishy when it's roasted, so you could spread it on toast, too.
- Purchase some superfood powders such as Greens, Acai, Baobab, Camu camu, hemp, maca, matcha green tea powder, moringa, spirulina, or tumeric, powder just to name a few which will increase the antioxidants, hormones, protein, calcium, vitamin A, fiber, vitamins, omega 3's and a host of other nutrients in your blood.
- Do not forget to keep up with your supplement program during the storm.
- Great time to catch up with your Bible reading program and early nights of sleep!