Families & Health

Keep food safe during power outages

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It only takes a few hours for food in your fridge or freezer to go bad during a power outage. WVU Extension Service’s Families and Health program, in partnership with the USDA, can help you keep your freezer full and your food safe with a few simple tips.

What to do at the first sign of inclement weather

At the first news of inclement weather, consider taking the recommend precautionary measures from the USDA. Learn how to prepare...

What to do after a power outage

Once a storm hits, be sure to keep food safety in mind when storing or preparing food. Learn to reduce risks and prevent food illness...

Drinking Water

Most often, the safety of our domestic water supply is of little concern. However, situations may occur when the water supply may be cut off or damaged – like during inclement weather. Learn how to properly store water for use in emergency situations.

Removing Odors from Refrigerators and Freezers

When your fridge and freezer have been without power for days cleanup won’t likely be as easy as using soap and water,” said Monongalia County WVU Extension Agent Hannah Fincham. Learn how to safely remove odors from refrigerators and freezers.

Related Links

Clemson University Extension discusses food safety during power outages

Food safety public service announcements from the USDA

A Consumer’s Guide to Food Safety: Severe Storms and Hurricanes