The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued food safety recommendations for areas affected by winter storms.
Power outages can compromise the safety of stored food. FSIS offered tips for reducing food waste and the risk of foodborne illness.
FSIS recommends taking these steps if the power goes out:
Steps to follow after a weather emergency:
For more tips, see the YouTube video "Food Safety During Power Outages" for keeping frozen and refrigerated food safe.
The publication "A Consumer's Guide to Food Safety: Severe Storms and Hurricanes" can be downloaded and printed for reference during a power outage.