Emergency and Disaster Preparedness with Celiac Disease

Emergency and Disaster Preparedness with Celiac Disease

At the end of January 2018, many people woke to jarring news that over night there was a 7.9 magnitude earthquake just off the coast of Alaska. This triggered a tsunami warning for the west coast of Alaska and Canada and, though it was lifted soon after, many of us slept through it unaware.

For those that live along the west coast, this brought to sharp relief how unprepared many of us are in the event of an actual emergency or disaster. It is our own responsibilities to be prepared at any time for these emergencies. Depending on where you live these situations can be quite different. For example earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards and power outages in winter, floods or wild fires.

Do you have a food stash prepared if you need it? Consider what you would need to live off of for a 72 hour period.

Emergencies and disasters can strike at anytime. For the average citizen, being prepared is responsible. For people with celiac disease or food allergies, it can be critical. So here is a list to get you started.

Emergency supply recommendations:

Have a stash prepared

Have emergency supplies ready in a safe place of your home that can be easily grabbed. Review the expiration dates and replace these supplies as needed once a year. Choose food in cans, boxes or plastic and avoid glass containers that can break.

One gallon of water per day is recommended.  If you do not want to store water, remember that even in the event of a disruption in water supply, your hot water tank has a supply of water.

Make sure you have enough

Plan for enough food for approximately 72 hours per person.  If a disaster is imminent and you have time, prepare 7 to 10 days worth of food.

Choose food products that are shelve stable, ready to eat and safely gluten free.

Here are some examples:

  • Shelf stable packages of milk or milk alternatives
  • Juice boxes
  • Gluten free granola bars and dry cereal
  • Gluten free crackers
  • Peanut butter or other nut or seed butter
  • Canned chicken, tuna or salmon
  • Canned beans or chili
  • Gluten free trailmix
  • Fruit or applesauce cups
  • Gluten free cookies
  • Gluten free chocolate, candy or treats
  • Baby food and formula if necessary
  • Dried fruit like raisins, apricots or cranberries
  • Disposable plates, cups and utensils
  • Manual can opener

If you would like to know more about emergency response planning, check out the resources here on the government of Canada website.

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. I really like these ideas of having needed foods at the ready in case of emergencies. Awesome list of food suggestions! I have never thought about using water from the hot water tank! Thank you Amy for all of these great tips and ideas.

    1. Thanks for reading! It’s an important topic to consider!

  2. I would never have thought of the water in the hot water tank! brill!

    1. I thought so too! Makes me less panicky 🙂

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