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After an emergency

Food and water safety are crucial when moving back into homes after severe storm damage. Power has been out for an extended period of time; dirt and moisture will have found their way inside.

Disposing of spoiled food

Perishable food items will have spoiled in homes that were without power following a tornado or severe storm and must be thrown out. Perishables include: 

  • fish, poultry and meats, including cold cuts 
  • eggs, milk and cheese and other dairy products 
  • soups, stews, casseroles 
  • any food that may have come in contact with meat juices.

The fridge and freezer may be cold now because power has been restored—but that doesn’t mean the food is safe! Double-bag foods when packing for the garbage. See here for more information on food safety after a power outage.

Cleaning up

Clean your kitchen countertops and dining surfaces with detergent and water, and rinse, repeating if necessary. Then disinfect with a mild bleach solution—about ¾ of a teaspoon of liquid bleach to a litre (4 cups) of water.

Coping after an emergency

An emergency or disaster can affect individuals and their families in many different ways. Some effects may be short-term, while other effects can be long lasting. Find out more on supports available to you or how you can support others


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