Reminders About Power Loss
- Before loss of power, be sure you have a thermometer in all refrigerators (at or below 40°F) and freezers (at or below 0°F). Freeze containers of water for ice to help keep cold in the fridge/freezer/coolers if loss of power occurs. Group food together to help it stay colder longer; dry or block ice can help in event of prolonged power outages.
- During a power outage: Keep the doors to the fridge/freezer closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature. Food will remain cold in the refrigerator for ~four hours if unopened. Past this time, without a generator, food products for retail sale are considered adulterated and will need to be disposed of.
- Once power is restored, check the thermometer in the freezer, if it reads 40°F or below (or contains ice crystals still), the food is safe and may be refrozen or cooked. Refrigerated food should be safe as long as the power was out for no more than ~four hours and the refrigerator door was kept shut. Discard any perishable food that has been at temperatures above 40°F for more than ~two hours. Remember, when in doubt, throw it out!
In the Event of Flooding
Local water supplies may be compromised and Boil Water Advisories issued. Discard any foods or beverages that come into contact with flood waters, unless they are in a waterproof containers, which include undamaged, commercially prepared foods in all-metal cans and retort pouches (flexible, shelf-stable juice or seafood pouches); please note that foods with screw-caps, snap lids, pull tops or crimped cans are NOT waterproof.
- Report any and all potential claims to your insurance provider.
- Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim.
- Do what you can to prevent further damage to your property (i.e. putting a tarp on a damaged roof) since insurance may not cover additional damage that occurs after the storm.
Reopening After a Disaster
View the FDA's list of concerns when reopening a place of business after a disaster, including equipment, pest control, and employees.
Provided by the Small Business Administration to businesses of all sizes, these loans can be used to repair or replace the following items damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster: real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, and inventory and business assets.
Stories of Giving and Heroism
Please share with us your stories of strength and rescue during this time. Who are your local heroes that you would like to acknowledge?