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Food Storage During Outages

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           According to the USDA:

  • A fully-stocked freezer will stay cold for two days.
  • A half-full freezer will keep items frozen one day.
  • An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold four hours after power is lost.
  • Be sure to check the temperature inside your fridge once electricity is restored to determine if the food is safe to eat.
  • The refrigerator should be at or below 40 degrees with the freezer at or below zero degrees.
  • If a prolonged outage is expected, place items that can be frozen in the freezer.
  • Food such as milk, cheese, and eggs can be packed with ice in a closed cooler. 
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