Be Ready for Storms

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This Food Safety Infosheet covers food safety in the wake of a disaster or emergency. Information on what refrigerated and frozen foods are safe to eat after a power failure is given, as well as tips to keep foods cool while the power is out.


  • Place a thermometer in your fridge and freezer
  • Have a tip-sensitive digital thermometer ready to check foods
  • Have items that don’t require refrigeration and can be eaten cold or heated on an outdoor grill
  • Freeze containers of water for ice and to help keep food cold in the appliances
  • Plan ahead by preparing coolers and knowing where dry ice and block ice suppliers are

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