Severe weather events can mean power outages, floods, and other problems that can affect the safety of food.
Knowing what to do before and after a weather event can help you reduce your risk of illness. By following
these guidelines, you can also minimize the amount of food that may be lost due to spoilage.
Especially in storm-prone areas, power outages can be a common problem. Power outages can occur at any time
of the year and it may take from a few hours to several days for electricity to be restored to residential areas.
Without electricity or a cold source, food stored in refrigerators and freezers can become unsafe. Bacteria in food
grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 and 140 °F, and if these foods are consumed, people can become very sick.