Food safety and emergency resources.

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Learn how to keep your food safe for consumption.

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Keep your food safe during emergencies: Power outages, floods, and fires.

Food Safety & Emergency Resources

Food Safety Resources

Food Storage Tool: Keep for Fresher for Longer

Consider ways to keep our precious food fresher for longer with The FoodKeeper App! A simple tool to help you understand better food and beverage storage solutions. It was developed by the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, with Cornell University and the Food Marketing Institute.

Emergency Food Supplies

  • Make An Emergency Food Supply Kit. This section of the FEMA website includes a list of suggested foods to include among your emergency food supplies, food safety steps to take following a disaster, alternative ways to cook food, and how to manage food when your power is out.

Keep your food safe during emergencies: Power outages, floods, and fires

Emergency Food Worker's Guide to Food Safety

  • An Emergency Food Worker’s Guide to Food Safety from Cornell University's Dept. of Food Science, is a 31-page booklet that provides basic food safety instruction for Emergency Workers and Volunteers.
  • A Guide to Food Safety in Emergencies is a 24-page booklet for restaurant and institutional food operators, prepared by the Connecticut Dept. of Consumer Protection / Food & Standards Division. It covers immediate steps that must be taken to ensure food safety in a variety of situations, including power outage, flood or sewerage back-up, fire, water service disruption or contamination, and other emergencies; what products can be salvaged or reconditioned; pest control following disasters, and other useful topics.

Water Safety

  • The Safe Drinking Water section of the CDC website covers how to make your water safe to drink after a disaster by boiling, using disinfectants, and filters; finding emergency water sources inside and outside the home, some water sources that are unsafe; and useful links.
  • The Dealing with a Boil Water Order 2-page document from Cornell University Cooperative Extension on boiling and/or disinfecting water to make it safe to use.
  • The Build a Kit – Water on the FEMA website includes tips for storing water in preparation for an emergency.
  • Please visit our pages in this section on Water & Septic Issues.

Last updated June 20, 2023