Meteorologists are warning the East Coast about a possible repeat of the Halloween 1991 weather disaster called “The Perfect Storm.” The movie of the same name is one of my all-time favorites.

It’s likely that Hurricane Sandy will angle up the coast as a cold front moves in from the northwest, creating a situation where a hurricane collides with a Nor’easter.  I hope they’re wrong, but if they’re right, an entire row of states could see the worst flooding, wind, and rainfall in many years.  This, of course, means the loss of electrical power.
One doesn’t need an event this large to create a loss of power.  In Washington, D.C., if three or more people in Maryland sneeze westward, 200,000 Washingtonians may go without power for two weeks.  Happens all the time.
In the meantime, for vegans and non-vegans (because you can’t keep meat and dairy unrefrigerated), I recommend a book I wrote with Robin Robertson: Vegan Unplugged: A Pantry Cuisine Cookbook and Survival Guide.
The book shows how to make excellent, quick, nutritious meals without electrical power, right out of your pantry, in 15 minutes or less.  Lots of tips, sidebars, storm preparation info, pet advice,  and stories, too.
People who use Vegan Unplugged love it for everyday cooking, too.  It’s a book you’ll be glad to have in your home, so it’ll be there where you want it, and, more importantly, whenever you need it.