Hurricanes can lead to tidal surges and flooding and have the potential to contaminate water supplies. Drinking or cooking with contaminated water can lead to illness. Loss of electricity can cause food to spoil and cause illnesses. Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with contaminated floodwater.
- Discard any food not sealed in a waterproof container if there is a chance it came into contact with contaminated floodwater.
- If you are without electricity for a prolonged period, use dry ice to keep refrigerated foods cold. Your refrigerator will keep foods cold for about four hours without power if it is unopened.
- A full, closed freezer will hold its temperature for approximately 48 hours, 24 hours if it is half full.
- Discard any food that has been at room temperature for more than two hours.
- If you are in doubt about the safety of any food item, throw it out.