I plan to have the kids raid the fridge/freezer tomorrow and finish off the perishables. I filled the fruit bowl with apples, bananas, pears and oranges. Out in the garage (so they don't break in to it now) I've got about 20 cans of soup/chili, 10 cans of fruit/veg, 2 boxes of velveeta shells & cheese, a box of spaghetti and canned tomatoes to make sauce, a "family size" box of jambalaya rice (and two kielbasa in the fridge that'll be our first dinner after the power goes out), 10 packages of ramen, two 12 count boxes of almond/yogurt granola bars, a box of individual packages of instant oatmeal, a can of mixed nuts, 2 boxes of crackers and a big summer sausage, a box of vanilla almond milk so the kids can finish off the cereal and 6 gallons of water plus a case of bottles. Oh, and a box of kool-aid pouches for when we get sick of water
. That sounds like a lot but we're a family of 5 so I hope I'm covered!
It grosses me out that we'll be eating all that because we're usually big on lots of fruit, veggies, meat and dairy but ya gotta do what ya gotta do. Hopefully it will only be for a couple of days max! I really only have to worry about it until the roads and stores are open and then I can always buy healthier as needed and keep it in a cooler. I also got two propane canisters for the camp stove, a manual can opener and an extra bag of kitty food. I've got laundry and dishes going now and told the kids they need to shower tomorrow whether they think they need it or not. The kids ran around making sure their Nook, iPods and phones were plugged in. LOL
Last year (hurricane Irene) our power was only out for 2 days but some people waited a week. We had just moved here then and were still living in a hotel so it wasn't as intimidating as this. In fact, it was actually pretty cool. The rooms had no power but common areas did so everyone gathered in the lobby. Someone brought a wii to hook up to a big screen tv and the manager passed out all the perishable snacks from the vending machine. My kids said "Hurricanes are fun!"