Here is a very useful Vegan-friendly checklist from THE SEED to help you be prepared for the next time Mother Nature decides to take our power away for a while. Our stRAWberry gRAWnola made the snack list! RAWsome!
Our hearts go out to all who have suffered, and are still suffering, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. With the help of our wonderful social media followers, we have assembled recommendations for a Natural Disaster Survival Kit made specifically for vegans! Be sure to stock up on the following items before Mother Nature strikes again.
Natural Disaster Survival Kit (Vegan-Style!)
- Standard First Aid Kit
- Flash light and spare batteries (or Wind-Up/Battery-Free Options)
- Cash and check book (cash should be in small denominations, as much as possible in case ATMs are down)
- Duct tape to seal windows
- Loud storm whistle to alert emergency workers
- Toilet paper and large rubbish bags for an emergency toilet
- Strong walking shoes and appropriately layered clothing
- Vitamins and prescription medications
- Cruelty-free soap, shampoo, toothpaste & toothbrush (Try Tom’s of Maine)
- Pet food for at least one week
- Drinking water for at least three days
- Delicious and nutritious plant-based food for at least three days
- Amy’s Canned Soup (+ can opener!)
- Bare Fruit Apple Chips
- Best of All Wasabi Peas
- Blue Diamond Almonds
- Brad’s Raw Foods Kale Chips
- Chocolove Chocolate Bars
- Clif Bars
- Cracker Jacks
- Eden Organics Canned Beans
- Foods Alive Flax Crackers
- Navitas Naturals Trail Mix
- Newman’s Own Organics Salted Pretzel Sticks
- Primal Strips Vegan Jerky
- Santa Cruz Individual Applesauce Cups
- StRAWberry gRAWnola
- Vega Protein Packets & Bars
- Woodstock Farms Almond Butter
If you are currently unable to return to your home, use these resources to locate emergency shelters along the East Coast.
- Download the Red Cross Hurricane app
- Visit the Red Cross web site, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
- Download the FEMA smartphone app
- To search for shelters via text message, text: SHELTER and your zip code to 43362 (4FEMA). For example: Shelter 01234
If you want to physically help in NYC, get in touch with New York Cares, which is the city’s largest volunteer organization and is recruiting volunteers to help with Sandy relief efforts. Sign up to help on theNew York Cares website, call them at #212-228-5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, email address and borough.
To financially support rescue and human relief efforts on the ground, donate to the American Red Crossthrough their website or by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.
The Humane Society of the United States is assembling workers and equipment to help animals hurt in Hurricane Sandy. Their website gives information on how to help. Also, the ASPCA is delivering crates, food and other supplies to evacuation centers in the affected areas. Visit their website to donate in support of their efforts.
Again, The Seed team extends our deepest sympathies for those who were less fortunate than us. Our roots are firmly planted in the resilient city of New York.