For those who suffer from food allergies, they are already prepared to deal with the issues that it presents. They carry with them allergy-free food and injectable epinephrine along with antihistamines to prevent the onset of an allergic reaction in case they consume the wrong type of food. But what happens when disaster strikes and the supply of food is limited?
This can happen quickly during a natural disaster when grocery stores may be closed, hospitals are overwhelmed, and you may have to evacuate the area. This leaves those who have food allergies vulnerable if they are left with only a limited amount of food to eat. So, here are some ways that people with food allergies can cope during a disaster.
Carry an Epi-Pen
Many people with such allergies carry an epi-pen with them just in case the worst should occur. You may need to keep on in storage and use it before it expires and get a new one that is carried in your survival bag. Also, keep some allergy-free foods inside the bag so you will have something to nourish you during the first few hours when disaster strikes.
Emergency Locations for Epi-Pens
You may want to talk to your doctor about where to find emergency supplies of epi-pens and get an extra prescription just in case the worst should occur. During a disaster, medical personnel may be too busy to deal with your needs, so you will need a place to get an epi-pen with the extra prescription that your doctor writes for you in advance. Keep it in your bug-out bag or handy location.
Stay Away from New Foods
You will need to be extra careful about what you consume during a disaster, so do not try anything that you have not tried before. This means keeping a supply of allergy-free foods in your home and in your bug-out bag so that you will not have to take unnecessary chances.
Long Term Plan for Your Food Supply
While you cannot prepare for every disaster, you should make plans for what to do 24, 48, and 72 hours from the time it strikes and longer. Some natural disasters may happen quickly, but their devastating effects on the community may last for many days, weeks, and even months at a time. Your supply of allergy-free food may run out long before the grocery and specialty stores open to resupply your needs.
One way to help secure your supply of allergy-free food is to have plenty at your home and plenty at another location which is a considerable distance away, such as at a relative’s home. That way, if your home is damaged or destroyed in the disaster, you can make your way to the other place which has the food readily available. Or, you can find stores in other areas before disaster strikes that carry the food you need and make your way to them.
In any case, you will need to have a good plan for your short term and long term needs when it comes to having allergy-free food.