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.
Let us know in the comments your go-to strategies for when you can’t get to the shops.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Community Support:
- Connect with local Coeliac Disease support groups or online communities to share information and resources on gluten-free emergency preparedness.
- Plan Ahead:
- If you live in an area prone to extreme weather events, plan for potential emergencies by creating a detailed emergency plan.
- 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
Inform family members, roommates, or anyone you’re sheltering with about your gluten-free needs and the importance of avoiding cross-contamination.
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.