Hurricane Season: Food Safety

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Hello Everyone,

As you already know, hurricane season is upon us. We would like to share some resources and tips that will help you when it comes to determining whether your food is safe after power outages, flooding, and things of the sort.

Quick and easy tips for making things easier when you are determining whether food is safe.

  • Purchase or locate freezer and refrigerator thermometers to better determine temperatures when the power goes out. The fridge should be 41°F or below.
  • Keep an accurate time record of how long the power is out so that you will know how long the foods were at the temperature that the thermometer reads.
  • Check the stock of the fridge.  Purchase and prepare foods that can be eaten cold or that you can heat with a grill.
  • Build up water supply for all uses of water including bathing and brushing teeth.
  • Purchase ice, ice packs, and dry ice.  Dry ice keeps food below 41°F for a longer period of time.

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Vince Webb, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionVince Webb, Jr.Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences Call Vince E-mail Vince N.C. Cooperative Extension, Guilford County Center
Updated on Sep 8, 2020
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