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When bread and milk are on the emergency shopping list

Bread and milk. Bread and milk.

“List of last-minute preparations.

It’s such a common scenario that there are now jokes about the “French Toast Index”, since it’s a delicious breakfast menu you can make with these ingredients.

But there is a reason for the bread and milk rush. It’s called life experiences.

I live in southeast Michigan and grew up in northwest Ohio. Therefore, I am familiar with snowstorms, tornadoes, and storm-related power outages in the area.

The most legendary winter storm I witnessed was the Great Blizzard of 1978. I was 10 years old then. In addition to the snowfall, high winds brought massive snowdrifts. Roads across northern Ohio and southern Michigan were impassable, with many people stranded for days at home without power.

For years afterward, any hint of a snowstorm disrupting routines sent people rushing to the shops for bread, milk…and beer!

What is the lesson for today?

If you’ve recently been in the path of a severe winter storm, write down which emergency supplies were most helpful, what you need to replace, and what else you want to have if there’s no supply. easy way out, no easy way for delivery services to get to you, and maybe no power for a day or two.

Bread and milk are more useful than eggs during a power outage. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a stable lunch item in the pantry. And if you have a place to keep the milk cold, you can always have a bowl of cereal without having to cook.

Suggestions on what to pack in a basic disaster kit can be found https://www.ready.gov/kit. Ideas for disaster preparedness kits can also be found on Pinterest.

Other things that my husband and I added to our kit from experience include a self-winding alarm clock and a paper map showing the names of the roads in our county. We’ve also found that lantern-style camping lights and battery-operated candles are more practical in the event of a power outage at home than a regular flashlight.

If your wish list includes expensive items, you can spread out the purchases over time. I had an emergency radio about 25 years ago and a camp kitchen kit about 10 years ago.

Does having a plan, food already on hand, and a disaster kit prevent last-minute shopping when a weather disaster looms?

It won’t prevent it, but this step will limit what needs to be found on short notice.

Yes, I was one of the people who bought bread and milk at a convenience store after noticing that winter storm warnings were starting to appear for the early February storm in Michigan. What I had on hand wouldn’t withstand the expected disruptions, especially if we lost power.

Bread and milk, bread and milk.

Paula Wethington is a digital producer for the USA Today Network. She was previously a reporter for The Monroe News in Monroe, Michigan. Her Twitter is @WethingtonPaula.