As of the writing of this blog post, Hurricane Florence is barreling toward the east coast of the United States. Evacuations have been ordered, and people are fleeing the areas in the storm's path. Store shelves are getting emptied, and gas stations are experiencing long lines.
Everyone needs to have an emergency kit just for situations like these. What do you keep in these kits? Medications and first aid kit? Check. Bottled water? Check. Food? Check. Foodservice packaging? Wait, what? Foodservice packaging? Yes!
Foodservice packaging may not be top of mind in a situation like this, but it's an important part of an emergency kit. In major storms or other natural disasters, access to water can be very limited. You will still need to eat, so be sure to stock up on some plates, cups, bowls, utensils and napkins. If you have little ones, or disabled members in your home, don't forget the straws.
Following storms and other natural disasters, municipalities will often shut the water supply off for a period of time. Power can take weeks to be restored. That means you may not be able to wash your dishes. This is a good reason to keep paper or plastic foodservice packaging in your emergency kit.
It goes without saying to not add to the problems during and after a natural disaster. Make sure to properly dispose of your foodservice packaging items, and recycle/compost if possible.
We all need to be thinking about these things regardless of where we live. Certain parts of North America experience hurricanes, but there are also tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, blizzards, droughts and other events. We all need to be prepared, and that means stocking up on sanitary single-use items.
Stay safe out there, everyone.