Cooking Considerations After a Disaster

After a disaster such as a earthquake or hurricane, chances are the power is going to be cut off. From previous examples set by hurricanes Katrina, Andrew, Hugo and Rita – in some cases it could take weeks or months to rebuild the power lines. Its during this time that a simple hot meal can really boost the moral of the group. Just for the sake of discussion, “Group” is defined as friends, family or neighbors.

Some people of the community are ill prepared to cook without a power source, while others may be able to cook for a few days with no power. It is the job of the survivalist to make sure that they have the means to cook for not only your family, but for the neighbors. This can be a daunting task, but with a little planning it can be done.

With a little welding skill and some hard work, a survivalist could build anything from a pit on wheels to a grill that goes over a camp fire. Once the power goes out, the first thing that should be cooked and eaten is the meat out of the freezer and refrigerator.

Another investment that should be considered is a high quality ice chest, like a coleman 7 day ice chest. If kept out of direct sunlight, frozen foods will remain cold for 5 – 7 days. But this is dependent on the outside air temperature.

Pit at deer camp

Whether the cooking solution is large or small, it needs to use a renewable fuel, such as wood. Another option is a solar oven, but that is a different article. This picture was taken on a picnic to a local lake. The park has camp grounds set up with picnic tables, grills and restrooms. Places like this are good for spending time with the family. While your there, take lots of pictures so the design of the grills can be copied and one built for the backyard.

Outdoor cooking grill

This video discuses some of the different types of cooking solutions that survivalist might want to consider – liquid fuel stoves, portable bar-b-q pits, small grills and even smaller grills.