Floods, Earthquakes and Tornados – Oh My!
June 7, 2011

floods-earthquakes-and-tornados

There have been several natural disasters and severe weather storms this year. During a natural disaster or weather crisis, it is important to know the proper precautions to take to keep you and your family safe from food-borne illness. This also goes for the food you store and eat.   To minimize the potential for foodborne illnesses due to the aftermath of severe weather or a disaster, there are several steps you can take.

There have been several natural disasters and severe weather storms this year. During a natural disaster or weather crisis, it is important to know the proper precautions to take to keep you and your family safe from food-borne illness. This also goes for the food you store and eat.   To minimize the potential for foodborne illnesses due to the aftermath of severe weather or a disaster, there are several steps you can take.

  • Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature.
  • Discard eggs after 4 hours without power.
  • Obtain dry or block 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.
  • Discard any food, including eggs or egg products that are not in waterproof containers if there is any chance that they have come in contact with flood water.
  • If you decide to cook with eggs, thoroughly wash all metal pans, ceramic dishes and utensils that came in contact with flood water with hot soapy water and sanitize by boiling them in clean water or by immersing them for 15 minutes in a solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water.
  • Always remember to never taste food to determine its safety. When in doubt, throw it out!