Hurricane Prep: Stocking Your Pantry Before The Next Storm

Hurricane Food and Grocery Prep
When it comes to preparing for a storm, it's never too early to think about a food prep strategy.

The following tips will help ensure that you have a food prep strategy before the next hurricane or snow storm reaches your house. 

When a tropical storm strengthens into a hurricane, residents within the projected path are glued to their televisions, eagerly awaiting to hear the latest forecast.

As the storm gets closer to making impact, residents in the most vulnerable areas line up at gas stations to fill up before seeking refuge elsewhere. Others choose to stay put – advanced age, disability, or lack of financial resources may make it difficult to leave; others feel a false sense of security or don’t want to deal with the trouble of trying to return following the storm. These people converge upon their local supermarket, emptying the shelves of water, non-perishable food items and other necessities in anticipation of an unwelcome visit from Mother Nature. 

Hurricane Food Prep Tips
Even if you aren't in the direct path of a storm, it never hurts to stock up on an emergency food supply for you and your family

Of course, even if you aren't in the direct path of an immediate hurricane - or even a snow storm - it's never too early to think about your emergency food supply and stock up on water and other non-perishable foods. After all, you never know when that next storm may hit, and many of these items have a long shelf-life and can take you through to the next hurricane or winter storm season.

The following food prep tips are intended to help provide you with a checklist so that you and your family are as well-prepared as possible the next time you find yourself in the path of an incoming hurricane or snow storm. And if you're looking for some additional tips on how to keep your family pet safe during a hurricane or snow storm, check out our tips on protecting your pet before, during and after a storm.  

Water for Drinking and Sanitation 

The rule of thumb is one gallon per person (or pet) per day for three to 14 days. Additional water may be required in hot climates and for nursing mothers, children and those with medical conditions. Ready.gov offers useful tips on water preparation and storage

Non-Perishable Foods

The same three-day supply rule applies. During any weather-based emergency situation, you'll want to select foods that your family will eat, don’t require refrigeration or cooking (unless you have a gas stove or grill at your disposal) and require little to no water. Avoid anything too salty or spicy that may make you thirstier than usual (source: Nola.com). Keep in mind any special dietary requirements – does anyone in your family suffer from diabetes or heart disease? 

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, at minimum, your basic shopping list should include the following items: 

  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables, soup and a can opener
  • Canned juices and non-perishable pasteurized milk
  • Protein or granola bars
  • Dried fruit such as raisins
  • High energy foods such as canned beans, canned tuna, whole grain cereal, nuts, pumpkin seeds, trail mix (source: Eat This, Not That
  • Comfort / stress foods like chips or cookies
  • Basic spices such as sugar, salt and pepper
  • Multi-vitamins to supplement nutrients you’d normally consume
  • Pet food – the same three-day supply rule applies! (source: FEMA)
  • Ready-made infant formula in the event of water contamination or the mother is unable to nurse

Remember to eat your perishables first – this includes those in your refrigerator and pantry. Then use the food in your freezer, before moving on to your non-perishables (source: American Red Cross). Keep freezers and refrigerators closed. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours.

Looking for some no-cook inspiration before finalizing your shopping list? Check out recipes from the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs’ Emergency Kit Cook-Off!

Power Outages Can Happen Anywhere - Be Prepared

Living in an area free of severe weather doesn’t mean you’re safe from power outages. Animals, car accidents, human error, over demand, even theft and vandalism have left over 12 million Americans without power in the first half of 2018 alone, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Make sure you prepare for your next power outage by checking out these home preparation tips from Cummins
 

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Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Home Prep Tips for Snowbirds Soon to be Flying South for the Winter

Ditching the snow for warmer climates this winter?

Donna Hull from the blog “My Itchy Travel Feet,” shares her advice on how to get your home ready for an extended departure. Donna’s tips cover everything from scheduling maintenance checks, keeping pests out and everything in between. 

Equipping your home with a standby generator will give you peace of mind if the power goes out while you are away. Ensuring your home’s power is always on allows home appliances and security systems to stay connected, even keeping the heat running so nothing freezes! 

Check out Donna’s article on home preparation for snowbirds and visit homegenerators.cummins.com to learn more about home standby generators. 

If you’ll be staying put this winter, check out our winter preparedness tips to ensure you, your family and your home are ready to brave the cold.
 

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Cummins Inc.

Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Life Imitates Art: A Look at a Generator Installation

What would you do if the power went out at your home? Respondents in a 2016 survey conducted by Cummins revealed they would pass the time by napping, playing games, reading, connecting with someone special, or simply enjoying the quiet.

Unlike most homeowners, Chad and Ariane Jester of Broken Arrow, OK never have to worry about how to pass the time during a power outage ever again. 

In late July, the Jesters had The Generator Guy, a local Cummins-certified dealer, install a home standby generator. A home standby generator turns on automatically, the moment an outage occurs, ensuring vital appliances (or even your entire home) remain on. 

“We have a very active household with two kids in their 20s and a dog,” said Jester. “In addition to core appliances, the ability to have laptops for work and school, as well as TVs and devices for entertainment, during a power outage is a bonus for our family.”

The Jesters wanted a whole home generator, so everything from the air conditioning and kitchen appliances to the pool pump would stay on in the event of a power outage. Based on those requirements, the dealer recommended a Cummins QuietConnect Series 20 kW generator.  

Chad Jester gets tutorial from “The Generator Guy” during the installation of a Cummins QuietConnect home standby generator in Broken Arrow, OK
Chad Jester gets tutorial from “The Generator Guy” during the installation of a Cummins QuietConnect home standby generator in Broken Arrow, OK.

“I was surprised at how simple the entire process was,” said homeowner Chad Jester. “The dealer came to our home to conduct the assessment and help us decide on the correct size and the best location of the generator. From there, the dealer handled everything.”

A local film crew filmed the installation, which took two days from installing a pre-fabricated mounting pad to digging and laying the gas line, then placing the generator and finally connecting the automatic transfer switch. During filming, the installer cut power to the house to show how quickly a home standby generator turns on. 

“I was amazed at how quickly the power came back on. Every time the power was cut, it came back on in nine seconds,” said Jester. “I was curious to see if we’d see the same results during a real power outage.”

As it turns out, the Jesters didn’t have to wait long to find out. The very next week, the power went out in their neighborhood and, true to form, the generator kicked on in nine seconds and power was fully restored, proving that life imitates art. 

If you live in an area susceptible to severe weather, if a medical condition necessitates a reliable source of power, if you’re living in a high-tech smart home, if you travel frequently or if you simply want life to go on as usual with no interruption, visit our website to learn more about home standby generators and to request your free in-home assessment
 

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Cummins Inc.

Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Aga Khan Hospitals Support Patient Care with Cummins Dependable Power

Cummins authorized distributor Orient Energy Systems (OES) recently partnered with Aga Khan Hospital and Medical College Foundation to upgrade the standby power systems at their hospitals in Karachi and Hyderabad.
Cummins authorized distributor Orient Energy Systems (OES) recently partnered with Aga Khan Hospital and Medical College Foundation to upgrade the standby power systems at their hospitals in Karachi and Hyderabad.

Orient Energy Systems (OES), the Cummins distributor in Pakistan, has supplied three Cummins generator sets to the Aga Khan Hospital and Medical College Foundation for their hospitals in Karachi and Hyderabad. The energy systems ensure dependable backup power so patients can get the care they need, even in the event of a power failure.

The hospitals are part of the Aga Khan network. With a focus on improving lives particularly in the developing world, the Aga Khan Development Network brings essential services to millions of people worldwide, from infrastructure like hospitals, schools and power plants to social and cultural programs like parks and museums. Its agencies operate under three broad pillars: economic, social and cultural development. Within the health services agency, about 1.2 million patient visits occur annually through more than 300 health centers, referral facilities, diagnostic centers, hospitals and rural medical and maternal-care centers. Facility upgrades and expansions have been a primary focus in recent years.

Strong customer support was a key reason the standby power contract was awarded to OES. As a regular customer with previous Cummins power system installations, the Cummins product, technical expertise and aftersales service reinforce Cummins’ brand reputation and The Power of One™ – all system components are seamlessly integrated by a single-source manufacturer through the design, manufacture, installation and support.

The three Cummins generator sets, models C400D5EB, C500D5E and C700D5, are being installed in canopies in an open environment and meet noise level requirements of 85 dBA at 1 meter. OES sales, engineering and product support teams jointly looked after all technical issues, execution and completion of this project.

For more information visit cummins.com/generators.

Anisha George

As a Marketing Communications Specialist, Anisha is part of the Africa Middle East ABO supporting marketing, communications and event management for power generation marketing.

Anisha joined Cummins Middle East in 2009 to support the Administration team in a temporary role. She gained more industry experience working in the event management field before joining back in 2011. Her previous role in Cummins Middle East include Marketing Assistant where she supported special events and marketing activities.

Anisha has a Bachelor’s degree specializing in Commerce & Marketing, followed by a diploma in Event Management & Innovative Marketing.

The Gift of Safety

It’s that time of year. Our inboxes are being flooded with coupons and sales from our favorite brands, which has us all thinking about finding the perfect gift for everyone on our list.

As a natural disaster preparedness expert, I believe there is no better gift than the gift of safety. If “the storm of the century” was forecasted to affect your family or friends, wouldn’t you want them to be prepared? Believe it or not, there are actually some pretty cool preparedness gifts on the market. So, before you head out to the mall, check out my top five gifts to prepare your loved ones for severe weather and power outages:

  1. A water filtration straw can remove dangerous bacteria from water, making it safe to drink. These are a great addition to your family’s emergency weather kit, as well as a great addition to your favorite outdoorsman’s backpack. 
  2. EMTs, fire and police are trained to look for emergency ID bands when responding to medical emergencies. Gift your loved ones (especially seniors or those with special needs) an emergency ID bracelet to ensure important personal and medical information is available for emergency personnel. 
  3. Don’t be left stranded on the side of the road. Invest in an emergency roadside vehicle kit that includes a first aid kit, the tools you need to fix minor vehicle issues such as a dead battery or flat tire, and supplies like a reflective blanket and poncho to keep you safe, dry and warm in the elements. 
  4. Never miss an important weather warning again with a hand-crank NOAA weather radio. Look for one that includes AM/FM weather for local updates like evacuation routes. 
  5. Winter storms, hurricanes and tornadoes leave many people without power for days, weeks or longer. Protect your loved ones from power outages by giving them a home standby generator. A standby generator automatically turns on the second utility power goes out and stays on for the duration of the outage, providing priceless peace-of-mind. Purchase from a Cummins online dealer today. 
     
Cheryl Nelson, Certified Broadcast Meteorologist

Cheryl Nelson

Cheryl Nelson is an Emmy-nominated and AP award-winning Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, TV Host, FEMA-Certified Instructor and Weather and Preparedness Advisor for Cummins. You can visit Cheryl’s website at www.CherylNelson.net and follow her on Twitter and Facebook @CherylNelsonTV. 

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