As Hurricane Sandy was preparing to strike New Jersey and New York on October 29, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) circulated a bulletin on how to prepare for, and keep your food and water safe during, emergencies.
In addition, the HHS Bulletin links to FoodSafety.gov, a site operated by HHS, which provides tips from a number of U.S. government sites on how to keep your food and water safe during and after an emergency.
Tips on How to Keep Food & Water Safe During Emergencies
Here are links to some of the resources suggested on FoodSafety.gov on how to keep your food and water safe before, during, and after emergencies like Hurricane Sandy or other extreme events, such as a flood, fire, national disaster, or the loss of power:
- “Emergency Preparedness (USDA)
Provides materials, including videos and podcasts, on ensuring food safety during emergencies.
[resources available in Spanish]
- Food and Water Safety During Hurricanes, Power Outages, and Floods (FDA)
Proper safety precautions to keep food and water safe. [available in Spanish and French]
- Keep Food and Water Safe After a Disaster or Emergency (CDC)
Includes tips for making water safe to drink and storing food.
- Food, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Information for Use Before and After a Disaster or Emergency (CDC)
- Chart: Refrigerated Food:
Is food in the refrigerator safe during a power outage? Use this chart to find out.
- Chart: Frozen Food:
Is thawed or partially thawed food in the freezer safe to eat? Use this chart as a guide.”
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