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Ben Franklin famously quoted, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." During an emergency, ensuring safe food resources is key to health. We all know the importance of stocking up on nonperishable foods in preparation for a disaster, but did you know that flood water, fire and loss of power during a storm or other disaster can jeopardize food safety? Proper storage of food is paramount to food safety, but what if your power goes out and you lose refrigeration, or your pantry is flooded? The following tips will help you to have access to safe food sources during a disaster.
An important step in preparing for a potential disaster is to stock up on ready-to-eat canned and packaged goods to ensure you can maintain a balanced diet if your power goes out for an extended period. If you live in a disaster-prone region, stocking up on pantry food items during the storm season is a good idea. If you wait until a storm is on its way, you may find items scarce on grocery shelves.
Stocking food for an emergency — The following items should be purchased in preparation and stored:
Preparing food for an emergency — Freezers should be kept at 0 °F (Fahrenheit) or below and refrigerators at 40 °F or below. When a power outage occurs, this can be a challenge. However, a few simple preparations will make your food last longer. Here are things you can do before the storm hits:
Take precautions to make sure your food is safe to eat:
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