Good thread Sumo! My family has been in Florida for generations so, I learned early that the time to start preparing for a storm is right after the last one that came through. My parents had what I think is a great plan for food, I've been doing now for many years and it really came in handy in 2004. Mom and dad would start collecting "storm food" in January. Every trip to the grocery store, they'd buy one or two nonperishable items and store them away. This avoided the panic buying just before the storm and wasn't hard on thier wallet. You also have a much better selection and not just a pile of tuna and spam, although grilled spam is wonderful. They also bought bottled water and the usual storm supplies like batteries. By the time hurricane season started, they were well stocked. If there was a storm they had plenty of food for all of us, dad made sure we had at least a two week supply of every thing. If there were no storms that year, in December we'd load every thing up and donate it to the local homeless shelter food pantry. They seemed to really appreciate it. The cycle started over again in January.