Food Safety and Preparedness Vital as Hurricane Sandy Threatens

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A new article in the LA Times takes a look at the activity taking place all along the East Coast now that Hurricane Sandy is bearing down.  Although that disaster is far removed from citizens in our state of California, some of the information contained within is valuable should some disaster compromise safety on the West Coast.

One of the most important things to keep in mind is the fact that food safety often becomes lax as a storm approaches.  To prevent illness, the United States Department of Agriculture warns consumers to prepare themselves by having coolers, thermometers, and even dry ice on hand.  Consumers also need to be aware that a fridge only guarantees coldness for around four hours if the power goes out, whereas a freezer filled to bursting will keep food safe for about two days.  It’s also a good idea to have plenty of food on hand should one be cooped up for a couple days.  Such preserves should be up high on shelves that won’t be compromised by a flood.

Consumers worried that they won’t be able to get the necessary items during the upcoming hurricane or other disasters should also realize that numerous laws exist to prevent retailers from raising prices when consumers need products the most.  Such laws are a great way to protect citizens who have been caught off-guard by natural disasters, as safety should remain paramount at such times, not profit.