Part of hurricane preparedness is having backups for cooking methods in the event of an extended power failure. During our last major hurricane, Hurricane Ike, some of my colleagues did not regain their electricity service for one to two weeks. Some folks who had money to spare stayed in hotels for the entire period, but that may cause you to burn through your emergency cash pretty quickly. Several friends dealt with the inconvenience by staying with family and friends who had power. Eventually they had to return home and cope with the lack of electricity. One comment I heard a lot was they were getting tired of eating crackers and tuna or crackers and peanut butter. They then started cooking on the barbecue grill.
We have a few methods of cooking to rely on, in the event of a power outage.
1. Barbecue grill – Our the apartment regulations prohibit using them on the patio. Most tenants wheel them out to a space behind the garage, but that is also a driveway. The disadvantage is everyone around will see what you are doing, and that is not really good for security. But it’s a backup method, so we can do it if we have to.
2. Propane stove – We have our handy dandy Coleman Fold and Go propane stove. This two grill stove is small enough to store in our apartment and has lasted through three hurricane seasons. We used it substantially during Hurricane Ike and it is still my favorite backup.
3. Backpacking stove – this was a recent addition to the supplies. This would also be a stove to take in case we have to evacuate because it is very light weight. It was still in the box so we decided to test it to make sure it works.
Next time I will post pictures of the backpacking stove test.