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Survival of a Celiac in a Natural Disaster

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Good day to you.  We are coming to the end of May 2012, Celiac Awareness Month, and into the beginning of an important season – Hurricane Season.  I think this is a wonderful opportunity to meld the two events together into one blog.

As a celiac survivor, I pay close attention to the Hurricane Season as I’m a resident of Florida, USA (central, west coast).  I know I will need to rely on myself primarily should a hurricane or other natural disaster hit my locale.  Why do I state this?  I’ve reached out to American Red Cross in regard to food allergens, celiac, and shelter and they’ve informed me while they can accommodate people with food allergens, celiac, and shelter – their resources are very limited due to budget constraints.  What does this mean to you and me, celiac survivor?

What this means is this:  we, celiac survivors, have to take responsibility in regard to our diet and stockpile gluten-free, celiac foods for ourselves in case of a natural disaster.  How many of us have thought of this aspect of our lives in a day-to-day fashion?  In light of my recent dialogues on Twitter (@GFDougie), not many of us do.  While I don’t have specific quotes from Twitter, many say “OMGosh, I didn’t think of that” or “Being celiac in a shelter never occurred to me!”  It’s understated, celiac survivor, but I think we need to find our own gluten-free resources for celiac-friendly foods when facing a natural disaster.

I understand I’m blogging to many income-level earners.  Money may not be as plentiful and/ or discretionary in regard to what you can afford to stockpile gluten-free in light of an impending natural disaster.  That said every effort should be made to stockpile as much as you can, especially if you live in a vulnerable locale, like Tornado Alley, USA.  Do what you can to support you, celiac survivor.  No one can do this better than you can, celiac survivor.  Know no one but you, celiac survivor, will take care of you!

Celiac survivor, you need to augment purchasing gluten-free rations into your food budget; either from a grocer, health-food store, or an on-line website.  Please look into MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) (I’m not a paid spokesperson) items ahead of any natural disaster.  Here’s another resource for MRE.  Please know canned veggies, fish and sardines, and soups are also great resources from local grocer for a celiac stockpile in regard to a natural disaster.  Also know gluten-free crackers, rice cakes, peanut butter and packaged gluten-free bread may contribute to your natural disaster celiac survivor stockpile.  Do what you can to increase your chance of survival of an impending natural disaster, celiac survivor.

What knowledge should you take away with in regard to regard to education in regard to this blog?  Prepare, like the ants do, celiac survivor.  We, celiac survivors, have to work harder to be with health during a natural disaster.   Know you can’t depend on others for our celiac disease.  Know you can depend on you for education in regard to what foods you can eat in a natural disaster.

In closing, I hope I’ve opened a few windows in regard to tips us celiacs can use to survive a natural disaster.  I hope you will pass these tips on in regard to celiac disease and awareness.

Research, educate, and advocate all celiac and gluten-free – and Celiac Disease Awareness for May.

Peace be with you.

Celiac Disaster Preparedness in Regard to Foods

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Good day to you.  In light of recent inclement weather in the United States, I would like to focus your attention on disaster preparedness for celiacs in regard to food.

Whether the potential disaster be a blizzard, a tornado, a hurricane, or an earthquake – the end problem is still the same.  Celiacs will not have the same luxury of easily eating at a shelter as others do.  Why?  Because typical shelters do not have the budget or the resources to stock gluten-free items.  While some shelters may have limited supplies, it’s just that – limited.

Please reference the following link in regard to recommended supplies and shelf life of foods stored at 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21.1 degrees Celsius):  http://www.nowheat.com/grfx/nowheat/y2k.htm.

Additionally, purchase extra food at the grocery store you typically would use and store in the pantry or cupboard for a disaster.  If you don’t buy a lot of groceries in this manner, it would be my suggestion to research gluten-free options for this type of storage and purchase such food for disaster preparedness.  Once you purchase provisions and identify them as “disaster foods,” mark an expiration date on each food item with an adhesive label.  If you are unable to determine what the expiration date is, I would recommend contacting the manufacturer.  If you are contacting the manufacturer about confirming a product is gluten-free (and it is), go ahead and confirm the expiration in that same conversation.

I hope this blog is received as it is intended – to educate; and not received as it could be – with fear or dread.  That said, both ends will hopefully result in a positive means of action on your part.

Research,  educate, and advocate all celiac and gluten-free.

Peace be with you.