TUESDAY, Aug. 28 (HealthDay News) -- As Isaac bears down on the U.S. Gulf Coast, nearby residents should think ahead and look beyond batteries and flashlights when making their hurricane emergency plans, experts say.
Your preparations should include food, safety and finding ways to feed your family if electricity and refrigeration become unavailable, a news release from the Mayo Clinic in Florida advises.
"Whether it's a hurricane or another natural disaster, it's critical to understand basic food and water safety, particularly if power outages or flooding occur. Having a plan in place will ensure proper nutrition, energy, and long-term wellness," Sherry Mahoney, director of nutrition and food services at the clinic, said in the news release.
It's a good idea to create a meal plan in advance, "since most people aren't thinking about recipes (during a disaster), and refrigeration and cooking may become a problem," Mahoney advised.
Eating out of cans doesn't have to be boring, according to Ron Stone, assistant director of nutrition at the clinic.
"There are many options to mix and match from your pantry, and with advanced planning and a little creativity, you can provide healthy and delicious meals for your family," he said in the news release.
Stone offered the following tips for stocking your pantry and planning an emergency menu:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about hurricane preparedness and response.
-- Robert Preidt
SOURCE: Mayo Clinic, news release, Aug. 27, 2012
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