If you have ever lost power because of a storm, it can be inconvenient and frustrating. If it happens in the winter, your house can get very cold, and with a summer storm, it can get very hot. No matter the season, when your power fails, the loss of electricity can range from annoying to dangerous.
During power outages, something we can overlook is the safety of food in a refrigerator and freezer. Depending on how long your power is out, there are certain items that you should discard. Do you know the list? Are there ways to keep your foodstuffs safe without refrigeration? How can you prepare for an unexpected loss of power?
As a member of the Federal Depository Library Program, GRU Reese Library provides access to government publications that can help you better prepare for emergencies.
Keep Your Food Safe During Emergencies: Power Outages, Floods & Fires: http://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo45056.
Safety in a Power Outage: What You Need to Know When the Power Goes Out Unexpectedly: http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS61843.
And for fun: Preparedness 101: zombie pandemic: http://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo22985.
Don’t be caught unprepared–government documents can help you be ready for unexpected power outages!