Hurricane Preparedness Part 1

With Dolly travelling westward through the Gulf it is a good reminder to be prepared before the threat of a storm. Use this information from our Publication #1562, "Emergency Information for the Homeowner" when preparing for storms.

Planning Ahead

Listed below are some quick-to-prepare canned foods that do not need to be cooked or refrigerated before opening.  You can store all canned foods for up to one year without loss of quality.  Freeze-dried and dehydrated items, if kept dry, can be stored indefinitely.

In addition to food, stock at least 10 gallons of drinking water - enough to reconstitute at least four quarts of dry milk per day for at least a week - and for other drinking purposes.

Nonperishable Canned Foods

Main-dish items

  • Beef Chili with Beans
  • Chicken a la King
  • Chicken & Dumplings
  • Chicken Stew
  • Corned Beef
  • Ham Loaf
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Pork & Beans
  • Pork Luncheon Loaf
  • Potted Meat
  • Ravioli
  • Refried Beans
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Spaghetti & Meatballs
  • Tuna
  • Vienna Sausage


  • Beans, all types
  • Blackeyed Peas
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Green Peas
  • Hominy
  • Mixed Vegetables
  • Mustard Greens
  • Okra
  • Sweet Potatoes, Yams
  • Tomatoes, Tomato Juice
  • Turnip Greens
  • Yellow Squash
  • Zucchini

*Home-canned vegetables are best avoided since these vegetables must be brought to a rolling boil, covered and boiled for 10 minutes before using (20 minutes for spinach and corn, 10 minutes for others).

Fruits and Juices

  • Applesauce
  • Fruit Cocktail
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pineapple
  • Plums
  • Fruit Juices

Ready-to-eat Foods

  • Bottled Hot Sauce
  • Bottled Salad Dressing
  • Catsup
  • Cheese Spreads (in jars)
  • Corn Chips
  • Cookies
  • Crackers
  • Dry Cereals
  • Evaporated Milk
  • Graham Crackers
  • Mustard
  • Packaged Taco Shells
  • Peanut Butter
  • Preserves
  • Raisins
  • Salt, Pepper
  • Tartar Sauce
  • Spanish Peanuts
  • Sugar, Honey
  • Vinegar
  • Worcestershire Sauce

Dehydrated Foods (requires only the addition of water or some form of reconstituted milk)

  • Instant Breakfast
  • Instant Puddings
  • Instant Chocolate Drink Powder
  • Nonfat Dry Milk Powder

Foods to Avoid Any of the following foods that have been without refrigeration for two hours or more should be avoided:

  • Meat, poultry, seafood
  • Cooked vegetables
  • Foods made with cream sauces or mayonnaise
  • Cream cheese
  • Milk, Custard, Cream Pie
  • Home-cooked vegetables, unless they can be boiled for 10 minutes after opening (20 minutes for spinach and corn)
  • Melted ice cream