The worst has finally passed, and it is now time to assess whatever damage a hurricane has caused, and get on with life.
Here are food safety tips to remember post-hurricane, to ensure that you and your family are kept healthy and safe, as recommended by the Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Once local tap water is safe to drink after the storm has passed, you can expect an announcement from the local health department saying that this is so. Until such an announcement has been made, use bottled water exclusively.
If bottled water has run out or if you do not have any on hand, you can opt to boil water, as boiling water may kill most types of disease-causing organisms in the water. If the water is cloudy, it can be filtered through clean clothes, or allow it to settle, before boiling; draw only clear water for boiling. Boil water for one minute, then let it cool down before storing in clean containers with covers.
When it comes to your medications and that of the rest of your family’s, it is prudent to keep them in sealed plastic bags, which are then placed into water-tight containers, in order to keep them safe and dry, even before the storm.
Any medication that gets wet should not be used. In the case of important, life-saving medication that could not be replaced right away, you may choose to examine the container and its contents. If only the container is wet and got contaminated, but the contents are dry, then the medication may be used until replacements could be sourced. Otherwise, discard everything.