Be Prepared -
If you live in an area where power outages are common, now is the time to stock up.
This is what you will need to keep your family fed:
- Canned or shelfstable foods
- Paper or plastic plates, cups and eating utensils
- A manual can opener
To keep your food safe and healthy:
- A food thermometer
- An insulated cooler
- Freezer packs
- Moist towelettes or alcohol-based hand sanitizers
- A flashlight
- A first aid kit
- Family medications
- Pet food (if you have a pet)
- A battery-operated clock or watch
Plan for a 3-day supply of foods that need no cooking or refrigeration.
- Choose from foods your family enjoys, plus favorite treats
- Include foods needed for special diets
- Check food labels:
- - Storage requirements
- - Use-by or expiration dates
- Plan on single servings or one-meal size portions to avoid leftovers
IF THE POWER GOES OUT
- FIRST - Use perishable foods and foods from the refrigerator
- SECOND - Use foods from the freezer
- THIRD - Use canned foods and shelf-stable foods
|Choose Foods with Good Nutrition & Safety in Mind|
Plan for one gallon per person per day for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene.
* Use bottled water or tap water that is stored in clean containers.
|MILK AND MILK PRODUCTS||
|MEAT, FISH, POULTRY, AND BEANS||
|CEREALS AND GRAINS||
*If you CANNOT BOIL WATER, DO NOT include instant foods.
|Sample "No-Cook" Menu|
STORE FOODS SAFELY
- Store foods in a clean, dry area, off the floor and away from electrical appliances.
- Keep food covered at all times.
- Check all foods for signs of spoilage.
- Check cans for dents and rust. If they become damaged throw them out.
DISCARD ANY LEFTOVERS OR OPEN CANS!
For more information on preparing for an emergency contact MEMA http://www.state.ma.us/mema/. For answers to food safety questions call the USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline - 1-800-535-4555.