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Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency

Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency

Be prepared for an emergency by having food items in your home that don’t require refrigeration and can be eaten cold or heated on an outdoor grill. Shelf-stable food, boxed or canned milk, water, and canned food items should in your emergency food supply. If you have little ones, be sure to have ready-to-use baby formula for them. Same goes for your pets and their pet food. Remember to use these items and replace them from time to time. Be sure to keep a hand-held can opener for an emergency.

Consider what you can do ahead of time to store your food safely in an emergency. If you live in a location that could be affected by a flood, plan your food storage on shelves that will be safely out of the way of contaminated water. Coolers good for keeping food cold if the power will be out for more than 4 hours, so always have a couple on hand along with frozen gel packs. When your freezer is not full, keep items close together as this helps the food stay cold longer.

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