The Daily Meal’s Hurricane Food Survival Guide

An open letter to New York City during hurricane season from a native Floridian


Dear New York City,

Greetings from the Sunshine State. October is the time of year when snowbirds from New York and beyond make their annual migration to the sunny shores of Miami Beach, and the folks who stay up north don lightweight jackets and admire the crimson and gold fall foliage in Central Park. But it seems this picture-perfect postcard scenario may change for those in the Big Apple. We hear there’s a storm a brewin'. And people are getting prepared. Marc Hurwitz of The Daily Meal’s Culinary Content Network reports that Boston’s The Universal Hub has activated the French Toast Alert System, a sure indication to Bostonians that it’s time to hit the grocery store.

Since Adam at The Universal Hub has sounded the alarm, we thought we would take a moment to put down our umbrella-accented slushy cocktails and cheeseburgers in paradise and compose a letter of advice and well wishes as New York prepares for the potential arrival of Hurricane Sandy.

With the National Hurricane Center’s latest advisory indicating that New York may be visited by an unwelcome tourist named Sandy early next week — and we hope she cancels her plans — we do want you to be prepared to welcome her properly — with a hurricane party, of course. Now, don’t get us wrong, there’s nothing to celebrate about potential power outages, canned SPAM, and long hours spent confined indoors, but should you find yourself in the midst of a hurricane warning with hours to kill and the storm quickly rotating out to sea, we want you to know what to do.

In addition to stocking up on the necessities like bottled water, non-perishables, and flashlights, The Daily Meal has compiled the essential Hurricane Party Shopping List:

  • Family-size Lucky Charms
  • Game Boy Color
  • Bottle of Jack Daniel's
  • All board games except Balderdash, because really… who wants to play Balderdash?
  • Coconut water
  • Vices, be they booze, cigarettes, or other insalubrious items
  • A battery-operated iPod dock or CD player, because you can't have a hurricane party without music. A battery-operated radio might work, but sometimes reception gets screwed up in big storms. If battery options aren't available, make sure somebody has a guitar.
  • A generator to keep your phone and computer powered so that you can use said phone as a mobile Wi-Fi hot spot to have constant access to The Daily Meal, obviously.

As a reminder, it’s never too early to host a hurricane party. While typically held during the storm, a true hurricane party can begin before the main non-event with a big feast or two held in the days prior to the hurricane’s arrival, in which you eat everything in the fridge and freezer that might spoil when the electricity goes out. Everything (use it or lose it is the motto here).

Sincerely,

The Daily Meal

The Daily Meal’s Hurricane Food Survival Guide is a tongue-and-cheek preparation guide. Whether you're calling it Frankenstorm or Hurricane Sandy, here's hoping no one else has to weather this storm.

Lauren Mack is the Travel Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @lmack.
 


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barb_in_NOLa's picture

Amusing story and we have our own versions in New Orleans but since these folks are novices of continuous hurricane threats, one thing you should have pointed out was to take the hurricane seriously. We do our share of partying but it is AFTER the hurricane has passed and we have been able to assess the damage. Then, we cook up all the stuff in the freezer, break open the libations and have a block party while we wait for the power and normalcy to be restored. We had some of the best food after the levees broke because of the Corps of Engineers incompetency following Katrina--Shrimp Etouffe, Seafood Gumbo, Bar-b-que Filets etc--before MRE's became our daily sustenance until stores could reopen. There is time for partying and humor and the time is after the storm when you are frustrated with all the inconveniences the storm brought you. Play it smart and safe and good luck!
Barb in N'awlins

JuliaT's picture

To those in FL who comprised this list -- NOT AMUSING! These people aren't hurricane savvy. They have no time to go out & buy a generator. They need pertinent information -- not ideas for a "Hurricane Party"!

If you are in the path of Hurricane Sandy, consider the following:

Bottled Water & Juice Boxes (consider a gallon or two for other uses)
Foods that don't require cooking, i.e. peanutbutter, cheese, Pop Tarts, etc.
Medications
A First Aid Kit
Wet wipes
Ice (preferrably in a cooler)
Blankets & Pillows (It's gonna get cold. This storm is also a nor'easter)
Candles, Flashlights, or Flameless Candles
Canned Foods (with pop-open tops or a can-opener)
Paper plates & Cups (no electric = no dishwasher)
Plastic Utensils
Weather radio or ANY radio
Cards, Board-games, etc.
Back-up batteries for radio and/or flash-lights

*Use cellphones conservatively (1 at a time & no games, etc.) Each phone is a life-line for you & your family! You may have to rely on them for days, before electric & land-lines are restored.

*Last, but not least, limit any consumption of alcohol. You could be in a situation that requires quick thinking -- possibly outside the box. You can't do that if you are drunk, or hung-over!

Good luck & God bless!

JuliaT's picture

To those in FL who comprised this list -- NOT AMUSING! These people aren't hurricane savvy. They have no time to go out & buy a generator. They need pertinent information -- not ideas for a "Hurricane Party"!

If you are in the path of Hurricane Sandy, consider the following:

Bottled Water & Juice Boxes (consider a gallon or two for other uses)
Foods that don't require cooking, i.e. peanutbutter, cheese, Pop Tarts, etc.
Medications
A First Aid Kit
Wet wipes
Ice (preferrably in a cooler)
Blankets & Pillows (It's gonna get cold. This storm is also a nor'easter)
Candles, Flashlights, or Flameless Candles
Canned Foods (with pop-open tops or a can-opener)
Paper plates & Cups (no electric = no dishwasher)
Plastic Utensils
Weather radio or ANY radio
Cards, Board-games, etc.
Back-up batteries for radio and/or flash-lights

*Use cellphones conservatively (1 at a time & no games, etc.) Each phone is a life-line for you & your family! You may have to rely on them for days, before electric & land-lines are restored.

*Last, but not least, limit any consumption of alcohol. You could be in a situation that requires quick thinking -- possibly outside the box. You can't do that if you are drunk, or hung-over!

Good luck & God bless!

JuliaT's picture

To those in FL who comprised this list -- NOT AMUSING! These people aren't hurricane savvy. They have no time to go out & buy a generator. They need pertinent information -- not ideas for a "Hurricane Party"!

If you are in the path of Hurricane Sandy, consider the following:

Bottled Water & Juice Boxes (consider a gallon or two for other uses)
Foods that don't require cooking, i.e. peanutbutter, cheese, Pop Tarts, etc.
Medications
A First Aid Kit
Wet wipes
Ice (preferrably in a cooler)
Blankets & Pillows (It's gonna get cold. This storm is also a nor'easter)
Candles, Flashlights, or Flameless Candles
Canned Foods (with pop-open tops or a can-opener)
Paper plates & Cups (no electric = no dishwasher)
Plastic Utensils
Weather radio or ANY radio
Cards, Board-games, etc.
Back-up batteries for radio and/or flash-lights

*Use cellphones conservatively (1 at a time & no games, etc.) Each phone is a life-line for you & your family! You may have to rely on them for days, before electric & land-lines are restored.

*Last, but not least, limit any consumption of alcohol. You could be in a situation that requires quick thinking -- possibly outside the box. You can't do that if you are drunk, or hung-over!

Good luck & God bless!

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