What to Do with Food if You Lose Power

By: Jessica Albert Email
By: Jessica Albert Email

Food safety will be important to those who lose power during Hurricane Sandy.

If you lose power, your refrigerator will keep your food cold for about four hours if you do not open it. The food in a fully stocked freezer will stay good for 48 hours and a half packed freezer for 24 hours.

Place appliance thermometers in your refrigerator to keep track of the temperature if your power goes out.

Always keep plenty of water with you. If the power to water filtration systems goes out, there may not be enough drinking water in your home. You can also use melted ice as drinking water.

FEMA says that you should keep the following food items with you during the storm: ready-to-eat meals, fruits and vegetables. Canned juices, milk and soup. Basic seasonings like sugar, salt, pepper, etc.

High energy foods: peanut butter, crackers, granola and trail mix. Vitamins. Foods for infants, elderly people and those with special dietary needs. Comfort foods like candy, cookies and cereal.


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