What to feed in case of war?

Posted on: Wed, 02/19/2003 - 1:54pm
mom2zoe's picture
Joined: 06/08/2002 - 09:00

Am just wondering what's on people's minds in regards to their kids and this possible war. My dd has several food allergies along w/peanut and I am so stressed out in trying to find foods to store for her. All the foods she can eat are homemade...nothing packaged. Anyone out there w/good ideas? Words of wisdom? Wishing us peace. Jenny

Posted on: Wed, 02/19/2003 - 1:59pm
erik's picture
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

Hi Jenny...
I don't see why there should be any reason to have to store food. The war will be in Iraq, not in North America. It is the Iraqi civilians who will need to worry about starving to death. Here in North America, there should be lots of food.

Posted on: Wed, 02/19/2003 - 2:05pm
Sandra Y's picture
Joined: 08/22/2000 - 09:00

I agree. Iraq is absolutely no threat to us. We'll be fine. Iraqi children will continue to die in huge numbers.

Posted on: Wed, 02/19/2003 - 2:19pm
AlwaysAvoidAnaphylaxis's picture
Joined: 06/23/2001 - 09:00

But if we have a radiological or biological terrorist attack, we may be stuck in our homes or somewhere else for several days and will need to have food available. Or, if the attack happens while the kids are in school, then they will have to stay at school without us for x number of days. My concern is what will they eat there if that happens? I will just have to go there i guess.
or what if they need zyrtec and it is at home.
we will probably be fine but all over the news and CNN, Ridge suggests to be ready and be prepared.
anyone contacting schools to find out what their plan is in case of a terrorist attack?

Posted on: Wed, 02/19/2003 - 2:53pm
mom2zoe's picture
Joined: 06/08/2002 - 09:00

My mom owns a preschool w/100+ kids and they are already storing foods and water b/c of parents asking them. My mom says lots of the public schools have had meetings in regards to preparing for this and have started to stock water and crackers. One of her customers is a teacher and had said if anything should happen, the school will have to keep the kids--meaning food and water have to be available. Therefore that's my concern, for school aged children w/food allergies, this is scary. Zoe is not in school yet, but I'm just preparing and thinking...preparing for the worst, hoping for the best. Jen

Posted on: Wed, 02/19/2003 - 8:03pm
nancy023's picture
Joined: 12/12/2002 - 09:00

Having just read a book on bio-terrorism written by the man who wrote the Hot Zone (the Ebola book), I cannot help but be worried about the threat. If there is a gas, anthrax, or smallpox attack by air, the Ridge recommendations might actually help; but my area of the country would not be a prime target.
That said, I irrationally have bought my water, duct tape, and food. Most of the food is canned corn, crackers, and cookies. I have some Tapioca bread-- that stuff keeps forever. I also stored food for the millenium scare, so maybe I'm easily frightened, but hey we ate it eventually.
If there's a nuclear or dirty bomb-- all bets are off.

Posted on: Wed, 02/19/2003 - 10:43pm
williamsmummy's picture
Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

For goodness sake everyone relax. Why worry about something you have no control over!!!!
Even before 9/11 there was ALWAYS the threat of terroism. You just lived in innocence!
Ole binny is not the only terroist threat, what about all the IRA bombs and others , in london over the years? did any one panic buy just in case trapped in bombed home? no!
calm down , pour yourself a glass of wine , eat a nice soothing bar of chocolate, before we all end up loony.
Britain is the next target for an attack ( so you can relax a bit more folks!)and no one over here is going to run to the shops and stock up on supplies. No sheet taped to windows with duck tape, no huge stacks of water , no emergency dried food. No one diving under kitchen table at slightest noise!!!
No one halting daily routines because something MIGHT happen on way to work/ school. !!!!
Its not the stiff upper lip thing, its common sense.
The only people enjoying this are 1) the terroists, and 2) shop keepers....who are gleefully rubbing hands as your hard earned money falls in to their laps , and you end up poorer and on nice calming drugs from your doc.
If you want something practical to do, get some first aid training, and worry over the thousands of inocent Iraqs popping there clogs because of oil.

Posted on: Wed, 02/19/2003 - 11:17pm
McKenziesMom's picture
Joined: 03/05/2001 - 09:00

Williamsmummy. I'm with you. Stock up on merlot and chocolate. You're right - North America is now for the FIRST time in our memory having to deal with the possibility of danger on our own territory. Europeans and Middle Eastern people have dealt with this all their lives.
It's easier for me to say that, because I don't really live anywhere near a potential target, although we do have a nuclear power plant about an hour away!
The last time there was a "big" earthquake in San Francisco, there were a few deaths - I can't remember whether it was 100 or less, and it was on the news for weeks. But you hear on the news about earthquakes in Armenia or some other such place where tens of thousands of people are dead or missing and it's on the news for maybe 20 seconds.
I think if something major were to happen in North America, it would be a dangerous situation. I think it's too big for everyone to band together like the Brits did in WWII. We're too used to being pampered and probably to selfish to endure suffering gracefully.
I have to admit I do have nightmares about this sometimes, but it's always about something happening if my DD isn't with us ie she's at school and I can't get there, or worse, where we're in Toronto and she's at home about 2 hours away and they're bombing TO and I can't let her know we're OK. As long as we're together, that's the main thing.
OK it's only 9:00 am but I hear the merlot calling me already. Too much thinking first thing!

Posted on: Thu, 02/20/2003 - 12:14am
nancy023's picture
Joined: 12/12/2002 - 09:00

O.K. my hubby thinks I am wacky, too and complains about his nightmare fantasy of coming home from work and being stuck outside of the safe room.
That book I mentioned was just really scary and keeps me up at night.
Will add merlot and chocolate to food stockpile. Check.

Posted on: Thu, 02/20/2003 - 12:36am
Sandra Y's picture
Joined: 08/22/2000 - 09:00

Well, the first post asked how to feed children in case of WAR. There is no threat of war inside the U.S. Iraq does not have any weapons that can reach this country.
If you are actually worried about terrorism, not war, then you are free to stockpile food and water, but it won't help in a biological or chemical attack. By the time you find out there's been an attack you're already dead, dying, or safe. If you seal your family inside a room with duct tape you will soon be dead of asphyxiation.
Personally, I think the duct tape should be used on the politicians' mouths.

Posted on: Thu, 02/20/2003 - 12:37am
erik's picture
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

I think things are much different in Canada. I don't know of anyone who has gone out to buy duct tape and plastic sheets for their homes, and I don't know anyone who is stocking up on food.
I don't really think it would help much anyway.. if someone releases anthrax in the air, duct tape and plastic sheets won't help you at all.. bacteria and viruses are microscopic - they are tiny and can enter through the tiniest cracks...... Even if you somehow did create a vacuum and no air could enter, wouldn't you use up all the oxygen so how could you breathe?
I am sure Home Depot doesn't mind though as they must be making a lot of money.


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