During a power outage, you will need to take extra precautions that the foods you
eat and the water you drink are safe. During a storm, tap water available
in your area may become contaminated. Frozen and refrigerated food items without
a source of electricity may go bad. As flooding occurs, immediately evaluate stored
food and water supply. Perishable food such as meat, poultry, seafood, milk
and eggs that are not properly refrigerated or frozen may cause illness if
consumed, even when it is thoroughly cooked.
Follow these food guidelines to keep your family safe during a storm-provoked power
Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed to maintain a cold temperature.
During a warning, set freezers and refrigerators to their coldest settings. If the
power goes out, a refrigerator will keep food cold for up to four hours if
unopened; an unopened freezer will stay cold 48 hours if full and approximately
24 hours if only half full.
Wash fruits and vegetables with water from a safe source such as bottled water.
Thoroughly cook frozen and refrigerated foods.
If you plan to eat refrigerated or frozen meat, poultry, fish or eggs while they
are still at safe temperatures, it’s important that the food is thoroughly
cooked to the proper temperature to assure that any food borne bacteria that
may be present is destroyed.
Take extra care with baby’s food.
If possible, use prepared, canned formula and jarred foods that require no added
water. If you must use concentrated formulas, be sure to add water from a safe
source, such as bottled water.
For more information, visit www.foodsafety.gov or call the FDA toll-free number at 1-888-SAFEFOOD.