Pop quiz: what are the first three items that disappear from grocery store shelves when snow is in the forecast? Answer: Milk, bread and eggs.
Theories abound as to why these three perishable items top the pre-storm shopping list, but one thing is for sure – I f you’ve got those three items you’ve got the building blocks for French toast. And doesn’t French toast make everyone feel better, especially when it’s cold outside?
This Friday, November 28th is National French Toast Day. In homage to this important observance, Ready Georgia encourages you to pick up a few other essentials when you make your run to the store for milk, bread and eggs. Because even though there’s nothing wrong with getting these foods, there are actually more important items to have during an emergency.
Each of the following items is available at nearly every grocery store, and won’t add much to your bill.
- A flashlight and extra batteries. Winter ice and snow can lead to power outages, so this is an especially important season to make sure that you have additional sources of light.
- Bottled water. If you’re unfortunate enough to experience frozen or burst water pipes this winter, you’ll have to shut off your water supply to your entire house while waiting for repairs. Having extra water on hand makes that difficult situation a little easier to handle. It’s true, after all – you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone! Having bottled water on hand means you can continue to wash hands, brush teeth, and (of course) drink.
- Nonperishable, ready-to-eat food. A family of four that is stuck at home for a day or two can go through a lot of food. That French toast will only go so far, especially if your refrigerator loses power. Keep your crew happy by having plenty of shelf-stable, ready-to-eat foods on hand. Check out our earlier blog post about feeding yourself after a disaster for more tips.