Steps to Follow During and After a Weather Emergency

Courtesy of Shelley Swenson
UF/IFAS Wakulla Extension FCS/EFNEP Agent

Steps to Follow During and After A Weather Emergency:

  • Never taste a food to determine its safety!
  • Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature.
  • The refrigerator will keep food safely cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened. A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full and the door remains closed).
  • Food may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is at 40 °F or below.
  • Obtain block ice or dry ice to keep your refrigerator and freezer as cold as possible if the power is going to be out for a prolonged period of time. Fifty pounds of dry ice should hold an 18-cubic-foot full freezer for 2 days.
  • If the power has been out for several days, then check the temperature of the freezer with an appliance thermometer or food thermometer. If the food still contains ice crystals or is at 40 °F or below, the food is safe.
  • If a thermometer has not been kept in the freezer, then check each package of food to determine its safety. If the food still contains ice crystals, the food is safe.
  • Discard refrigerated perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, soft cheeses, milk, eggs, leftovers, and deli items after 4 hours without power.
  • When in Doubt, Throw it Out!

Source: http://fsis.usda.gov

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Posted: August 24, 2012


Category: Disaster Preparation, Work & Life
Tags: Disaster Recovery, Emergency Management, Environment, Families & Consumers, Family Youth & Community Sciences, FYCS, General Information, Hurricane Preparedness, Les Harrison, Natural Disaster, Safety, Shelley Swenson, Tropical Storm, Wakulla County Extension, Weather Emergencies


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