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Food Safety & Sanitation

Any minor or major disaster including flood, fire, earthquake, storm or loss of power can jeopardize the safety and purity of your food supply. Knowing how to protect and preserve your food can help you to reduce the risk of food related illness and keep your food supply from becoming contaminated or fromspoiling.

Power outages are the most common immediate consequence of a disaster. Even without a major disaster, power outages are not uncommon occurences. They can occur at any time of the year without warning. They can last for a few hours or several days. Without electricity to power freezers and refrigerators perishable foods can quickly become unsafe for consumption. At temperatures between 40 and 140 F bacteria in food grow rapidly, and if these contaminated foods are consumed they can cause extreme illness, and in some cases even death.

Things You Should Do:
  • Keep food in well sealed containers.
  • Keep all utensils used for eating and food preparation clean.
  • Properly dispose of garbage outside. If necessary, bury the garbage.
  • Wash your hands regularly with sanitary water and soap, or with hand sanitizer.
  • Through out any food that has come in contact with flood water.
  • Through out any perishable food that has been left at room temperature longer than two hours.
  • Through out any food that has an unusual odor, color or texture.
  • If possible, use ready-to-feed formula, to avoid any possible contamination. If ready-to-feed formula is not available make sure to use bottled water to prepare baby formula (or treated water if bottled water isn't available).
The Three Don'ts:
  • Don't eat food from any damaged, dented, swollen or correded cans. Even though it may look safe it may not be.
  • Don't eat any food that doesn't look or smell normal (even if the container looks normal).
  • Don't let garbage accumulated inside. This presents both sanitation and fire risks.
In order to ensure your health and safety and that of your family, remember, "When in doubt, throw it out."

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