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Disasters: Being Prepared For Anything!

RedCrossI discovered quickly that one thing you learn to do well when you’re gluten intolerant is plan ahead. When you have an intolerance to so many foods, you have to be prepared for any situation. This includes a disaster. Just watching the evening news let’s you know that disasters occur all of the time – to people who didn’t think it could happen to them. If a natural disaster occurred, and I had to live somewhere else for a while, I want to know that I am prepared. I told you before I worry a lot, and the best cure for worrying is preparation.

I put together a kit I can grab in the event of a disaster. This is what I have in my kit.

• My gluten free medications
• Gluten free vitamins
• Gluten free headache medicine or pain reliever
• Special dried food products such as gluten free powdered milk, coffee, rice flour, dried fruit and nuts.
• Canned vegetables
• Canned tuna fish
• Gluten free candy
• Gluten free condiments

I also created a bag that has the dry ingredients for some simple gluten free recipes like biscuits. With these ingredients and powdered milk or water added, I can make bread for my tuna fish sandwich.

If you put together your own disaster kit, which I highly recommend, make sure you keep the medications current. It would be awful if you lost everything and didn’t have access to gluten free medications. You can actually put whatever you want in your kit. If you have favorite juices, beans, or snacks then include them in the food supply. Whatever you put in the food bin, mark the date you included it so you can rotate the items periodically. Don’t let anything in the food bin get outdated.

When you put your kit together, stop and think about what you would need to eat for a week. Make sure you put enough in the food bin to last. I have enough for two weeks in deference to my ability to worry excessively. But when there is a disaster, most of the time services are restored within a week.

I have stored my disaster kit in a waterproof plastic bin. If I have to leave suddenly, I can grab the kids and my food supply easily. By the way, I also have treats for my kids in the box also. If there is a disaster, I want them to feel secure also and decided we could use the food bin as a “comfort” box. Sometimes the psychological comforts are as important as the physical comforts.

Disasters are difficult under any circumstances, but they can be especially hard on those of us with gluten intolerance. Finding gluten free food requires special shopping techniques. I like knowing I don’t have to worry about finding food I can eat or getting sick from eating the wrong foods during a natural disaster. I made this kit as much for my kids as for me. During a disaster, my children will need me healthy and whole!

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