It’s unclear what kind of damage Sandy will wreak, but the storm had many of us on the eastern seaboard raiding grocery stores yesterday to stockpile for a few days indoors.

Grabbing the essentials is one thing, but having an action plan when you have everything at hand is quite another. In anticipation of a potential power outages, here are a few tips from blogger Jessica Berardi, by way of Washington Post:

  • Organize your frozen edibles to the order of what you want to eat first. If you lose power, you don’t want to let the cold air out of the freezer while you waste time rummaging around.
  • Keep hard-cooked eggs at hand for a quick source of protein. Other essentials include dry-cured meats, hard cheeses, and bread for simple, yet filling meals.
  • Use your food by order of perishability—start with prepared food, then move onto fresh, frozen, and pantry items.
  • If any stores are still open around you, nab serving-size bottles of juices and rice/soy/almond milk as they don’t need to be refrigerated.
  • Keep disposable gloves at the ready in case your access to water is temporarily cut off and you can’t practice the usual in food safety.

The Food and Drug Administration and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics have more tips on what to do with your fridge before, during, and after a power outage to avoid potential foodborne illnesses.

[via Washington Post]