May 30, 2020

USDA’s Food Safety Tips For Flood Victims

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has compiled some food safety tips for flood victims in Nebraska.   Here is what the agency recommends: Before the storm, store food on shelves that will be out of the path of floodwaters. But appliance thermometers. In the freezer, gather food together,  to help it stay cold longer.  If you lose power, a refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if you keep the door closed. A full freezer will keep food at a safe temperature for about 48 hours,  a half-full freezer will keep food at a safe temperature for 24 hours. Keep the door closed as much as possible. Before you eat food from a powerless fridge or freezer, check the temperature, if the thermometer reads 40° F or below, the food is … [Read more...]

Flood Advisory Updates from Colorado

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has posted updates about the serious flooding and water safety. They are advising people to avoid potentially contaminated flood waters, since contaminants such as raw sewage and chemicals from homes, businesses, and industry may be in the water. If you come into contact with floodwaters, wash frequently with warm water and soap. Several communities have issued "boil water advisories", including Firestone, Frederick, Left Hand Water District, Lyons, and Mountain Meadow (Allenspark). Widespread outbreaks of infectious diseases after floods aren't common in this country, but they can happen. If you have been ill with three or more days of diarrhea, any bloody diarrhea, diarrhea plus a fever, or other health concerns, contact your … [Read more...]

Flooding in Colorado Creates Water Safety Problems

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued a health advisory and is advising residents to avoid contact with rivers and streams after massive flooding followed heavy rains this week. Rivers and streams may be contaminated with partially treated sewage and other wastewater because of power failures and damage to wastewater treatment systems. Keep out of rivers and streams in northeastern Colorado under further notice. The affected counties include Adams, Boulder, Broomfield, Larimer, Morgan, Logan, Sedgwick and Weld. Don't let children or pets play in the water, or to play with toys that have been in contact with the water. Wash hands frequently with soap and clean warm water. If you have been in contact with the water and experience diarrhea or vomiting, see … [Read more...]

Flood Safety Week: Food Safety During A Flood

It’s flood safety week and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has compiled some information including food safety tips during a flood. Doing a small amount of preparation can save a lot of time and hassle. Pay attention to weather forecasts when a lot of rain is predicted. Officials will often issue flood watches before the weather becomes really severe. Prepare for a flood by buying jugs of water and shelf-stable foods that can feed your family for a few days and store them in an area flood waters are not likely to reach. Keep a jug of liquid bleach and a cooler in the same area. Find out where you can purchase dry ice. If your home floods, use bottled water that has not been exposed to flood waters.  If you run out of bottled water, boil tap water for one minute, let it … [Read more...]

Food Safety After A Flood

When in doubt, throw it out is a good rule of thumb for any situation where food safety is in question. That's one of the tips the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA’s FSIS) has included on its recommendations to residents of flood-ravaged southeastern Texas. Historic levels of rain have swamped Houston and surrounding areas and power has been knocked out in some neighborhoods. While Harris County tries to assess the extent of flood damage, USDA officials are hoping to minimize illnesses that are sometimes associated with weather emergencies. "Refrigerated and frozen foods may reach unsafe storage temperatures when homes lose electricity, and food is also unsafe to eat if it has come into contact with flood waters," USDA Under Secretary for Food … [Read more...]

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