Disaster Prep Food Safety Guide: What Can You Do With Your Food After It Has Calmed Down
The is an excellent infographic about refrigerated and frozen food safety either after a disaster has ended (I.E., flood, hurricane, etc.,) or when the emergency has settled down, and you have your generator going and the ability to freeze and refrigerate your food.
It answers the question of “What do you do with food that has been left in my fridge while the power was off?”
Some of the tips and info found on this infograph are surprising. For example, that a full freezer will keep food safe twice as long as a freezer that is only half full. This guide also gives you tips for storing canned goods during floods.
I would highly recommend that you print this handy guide out, laminate it, and place it in your emergency supply cache.
After a disaster, definitely so if you feel there is no end in sight. It will be tempting to eat refrigerated or frozen foods (when your power was out) that look okay. After all, you could have been caught off guard. So, you may be lacking in your emergency food supplies. Also, there could be a juicy steak that you were looking forward too, and you realize that it could be months before you will be able to enjoy a nice t-bone. However, no matter how tempting it may be to gamble it is not worth the risk. Food poisoning not only can make your life a living hell, but it also kills.
For instance, recently Marine recruits in boot camp were recently served food with E-Coli poisoning.
E-Coli poisoning caused gave 320 recruits severe food poisoning and fifteen soldiers became severely sick, nearly died, and medically discharged.
Below is an example of one poor soul who was infected with e-coli:
“He was one of 15 recruits with severe symptoms who allegedly later contracted Hemolytic-uremic syndrome. The syndrome can cause kidney failure. . .” via Marine Corp Times
These recruits, were most likely, in the best shape of their life. As a result, you could potentially be hit harder by E-Coli and other deadly food poisons. So, don’t take a chance. Throw out any potentially contaminated food.