With the turbulent weather, snow storms and flooding over the past few weeks, we’ve put together a list of essential survival tips for Coeliacs in case of stranding when travelling or being cut off at home.

Flooded street with heavy rain

Let us know in the comments your go-to strategies for when you can’t get to the shops.

  1. Stock up on Gluten-Free Emergency Supplies:
    • Maintain a well-stocked emergency kit that includes gluten-free non-perishable foods like canned fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, and gluten-free granola bars.
    • Ensure you have a supply of gluten-free flours and grains such as rice, quinoa, or gluten-free pasta.
    • Don’t forget gluten-free snacks like rice cakes, popcorn, or dried fruits.
    • Store a supply of gluten-free protein sources such as canned tuna or chicken.
    • Include gluten-free condiments like ketchup, mayonnaise, and salad dressings.
    • Store bottled drinking water in case your water supply becomes contaminated.
  2. Label and Separate:
    • Clearly label all gluten-free items in your emergency kit to avoid cross-contamination.
    • Keep separate your utensils, pots, and pans for gluten-free cooking and designate a dedicated preparation area if possible.
  3. Portable Cooking Tools:
    • Consider investing in portable cooking tools such as a single-burner gas camping stove or a portable gas grill and spare gas in case the electricity supply fails.
  4. Store Medications and Medical Information:
    • Ensure you have an ample supply of your medications and medical supplies.
    • Carry a medical alert card or wear a medical bracelet that indicates your Coeliac Disease diagnosis and dietary restrictions.
  5. Stay Informed:
    • Stay updated on weather and emergency alerts using a battery powered radio or a smartphone with emergency alerts enabled. 
    • A power-bank to recharge your phone would also be useful if electricity supply fails.
  6. Identify Gluten-Free Options:
    • Research local food banks, shelters, or emergency relief organizations in your area to find out if they offer gluten-free options. Contact them in advance, if possible, to discuss your dietary needs.
  7. Community Support:
    • Connect with local Coeliac Disease support groups or online communities to share information and resources on gluten-free emergency preparedness.
  8. Plan Ahead:
    • If you live in an area prone to extreme weather events, plan for potential emergencies by creating a detailed emergency plan.
  9. Evacuation Plan:
    • If an evacuation is necessary, pack your emergency kit with gluten-free foods and supplies, and be sure to take your medical necessities with you.

In a shelter
Communication:
Inform family members, roommates, or anyone you’re sheltering with about your gluten-free needs and the importance of avoiding cross-contamination.

In conclusion:
Remember that preparedness is key to managing Coeliac Disease during emergencies.
Being proactive and having a well-thought-out plan will help ensure your safety and dietary needs are met during storms, flood or snow-bound situations.

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