How a Lean Girl Prepares for Hurricane Irene

Irene is a woman with a problem. I know girls can be catty and b*tchy but never did I expect a lady to ruin my weekend and put NYC on lockdown. Tomorrow I am expecting to run The Surival Race, a 12 obstacle course race in New Windsor, NY. It’s about 60 minutes north of NYC. There will be mud pits, fire pits, rope climbing, etc. My friends and I are super excited and have been training for this day. For Irene to come in and “rain” on our parade is quite nasty of her. So for now, we plan on going up there and coming right back before the storm is expected to hit our area.

As I said, Irene has the city on lockdown and in a scurry. People are emptying shelves at the stores and stocking up on the usual in-case-of-emergency goods: bottled water, canned goods, flash lights, etc. If you take a look a people’s grocery carts at the store, theirs are filled with high-sodium canned beans, chips, bread, and lots of non-perishable foods. Non-perishable in my mind screams highly processed, high in fat and sodium. Let it be known there are ways to stock up without having to buy all canned, boxed and bagged goods. Here’s my shopping/to-do list for Lean Girls preparing for Hurricane Irene:

  • Bottled Water
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Candles
  • Nuts (raw almonds and cashews)
  • Seeds (sunflower, pumpkin)
  • Fruit (apples, bananas, peaches)
  • Dried fruit (apples, apricots, raisins, etc)
  • carrots, radishes, turnips (root veggies that don’t have to be refridgerated)
  • Bread
  • almond butter
  • low sugar jelly
  • Oatmeal
  • Pre-make a big pot of brown rice
  • Beans (canned or pre-make from dried beans)
  • Chicken breasts (pre-make them before we lose power!)
  • Canned goods (soup, beans
  • Can opener
  • Wet Wipes
  • Bring in tomato plant
  • Take out trash before storm starts (last thing you want is a stinky home)
  • Fill tub with water (if you lose water, you can scoop the water in the tub to flush the toilet or drink)
  • charge cell phone (until we lose power)
  • Get cash
  • prepare important documents
  • first aid kit
  • utility knife
  • blanket
  • prepare a “GO” bag

For live updates on the Survival Race and the Hurricane, follow me on Twitter:

For more information on how you should plan check out FEMA’s Emergency Preparedness Page:

The Red Cross Hurricane Safety Checklist:

If you live in NYC and need local updates:

Be safe and well.

xoxo, gracekelle

PS: sorry I couldn’t insert hyperlinks. WordPress is acting up today!




4 thoughts on “How a Lean Girl Prepares for Hurricane Irene

  1. Squash keep foooreeever! I just opened up a spaghetti squash I’m pretty sure I bought this winter. It was bitter and fairly unpleasant, but it hadn’t gotten squishy or rotted. Also, grab a copy of “Julie and Julia” to read while you’re holed up. Author Julie Powell writes at length about how much she loooves being prepared for a disaster. It makes me miss New York!

    Hang in there, G.K.! I’m praying for you!

  2. Here’s how we weathered those weird storms earlier this summer in the Midwest without electricity or running water:

    Our biggest thing was trying to keep food from spoiling. We were largely unsuccessful because all the stores sold out of ice before we got there. Pack things together as tightly as possible in your fridge, and start making ice now to pack around them.

    Also, do you have a battery-powered radio to get news and weather updates, should the power go out? You know me — I need to know what’s going on all the time!

    And most importantly, remember:

    “The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knows them that trust in Him.” (Nahum 1:7)

    “God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.’ … Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Heb 13:5,6,8)

  3. So glad you and your friends decided to hunker down and not try to go to the race. I’m sure it was cancelled at this point. Matt and i stocked up on a lot of the things on your list and we’re keeping everything plugged in and charging as long as possible! Stay safe and we’ll definitely keep in touch. See you next weekend because we are definitely getting together once Irene blows through!

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