Damaged food supplies, water contamination and temporary loss of refrigeration may be critical issues for you as a tornado survivor. While structural damage may be the initial focus in your home, some basic precautions can keep your food stores safe and your family healthy as you begin clean-up efforts.
If you live in an area susceptible to tornadoes, keep an adequate supply of food, bottled water and emergency equipment on hand. This includes enough canned food to last four to five days, a hand can opener, battery-powered radio, extra batteries and emergency cooking equipment like a camp stove with fuel to operate it.USE CAUTION WITH WATER AND FOOD SUPPLIES
The water supply may be disrupted or contaminated after an area has sustained a tornado. Food in damaged buildings and homes may be hazardous. Follow these precautions:
If the electricity is off to the refrigerator or freezer, follow these guidelines:
Your county family living agent, your local emergency government office, the American Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency
"Management of Food for Emergencies," (B3045);
"Quick Consumer Guide to Safe Food Handling," (BG248);
"When the Home Freezer Stops," (B2837);
"Keeping Food Safely," (B3474).
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