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WASHINGTON As Americans living in the Gulf region of the United States brace for Tropical Storm Isaac coming ashore with a strong blast, eight federally recognized tribes are potentially on the pathway of Isaac in four different states (see list below).
Tropical Storm Isaac's Position this Morning at 4:52 am edt
In preparation of the storm coming ashore, becoming a hurricane, and creating havoc, the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service urges them to make food safety a part of their preparation efforts. Power outages and flooding that often result from weather emergencies compromise the safety of stored food, and planning ahead can minimize the risk of foodborne illness.
"Storing perishable food at proper temperatures is crucial to food safety but can become difficult if you lose electricity for your refrigerator and freezer,"
USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Elisabeth Hagen said.
"For those living in Tropical Storm Isaac's projected path, we recommend stocking up on canned food, bottled water, batteries, and dry ice."
The publication "A Consumer's Guide to Food Safety: Severe Storms and Hurricanes" is available at www.fsis.usda.gov to print and keep for reference during a power outage. Florida residents can get timely food safety information on Twitter by following @Fl_FSISAlert
Steps to follow to prepare for a possible weather emergency:
Steps to follow if the power goes out:
Steps to follow after a weather emergency:
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posted August 27, 2012 7:20 am edt