In the wake of recent storms many Marylanders have become affected by power outages and flooding. Preparing your home or business for summer emergencies is important for the safety and comfort of all. Below are resources that can help you safely prepare and react to potential disasters this storm season.
Food Safety During a Power Outage
The USDA recommends the following… “Always keep meat, poultry, fish, and eggs refrigerated at or below 40 °F and frozen food at or below 0 °F.
Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature. The refrigerator will keep food safely cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened. A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed. Obtain dry or block ice to keep your refrigerator as cold as possible if the power is going to be out for a prolonged period of time. Fifty pounds of dry ice should hold an 18-cubic foot full freezer for 2 days. Plan ahead and know where dry ice and block ice can be purchased.”
It is also ideal to keep non-pershible food items such as bottled water and canned foods on hand for long power outages. Grilling food outdoors also works when the climate allows.
Have a Diaster Supply Kit Ready
The Maryland Emergency Management agency urges homeowners to prepare a disaster supply kit to consist of food, water, first aid, tools and supplies, sanitation, clothing and bedding and more.
No matter what the season, prepare your home, business and family for potential emergencies. RHH Insurance offers home and personal insurance programs for individuals and families. Contact a insurance specialist today to review or update your insurance program.