Power Outage Food Safety Tips for Lakeview?
SERVPRO® of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview responds to storm damage emergencies every year in Lakeview. Power outages can disrupt communications, close grocery stores, banks, gas stations, and other services. Food can spoil, and medical devices can fail. Here are some tips for staying safe during a power outage from the American Red Cross:
Create a support network. Identify people who can help you stay at home or evacuate during an extended power outage. Keep a paper copy of your contact list.
Stay connected and alert. Sign up for alert systems and apps for text alerts. Have communication devices that work without home power, including a crank or battery radio, a non-cordless home phone, chargers/batteries for your cell phones and your computers.
Stock food and water. Store non-perishable food and water supplies for at least two weeks. Plan to use coolers and ice to extend food refrigeration and keep a thermometer in the fridge, freezer, or cooler to monitor the food temperature.
Know and plan for your personal and medical electrical needs. Take an inventory of your electrical needs. Consider backup and non-power alternatives for lighting, communication, medical devices, refrigerated medicine, cooking, garage doors, locks, and elevators. Discuss a plan with your doctors for your medical needs.
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