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Steps to follow after a weather emergency:
An FSIS Public Service Announcement (PSA) illustrating practical food safety recommendations for handling and consuming foods stored in refrigerators and freezers during and after a power outage is available in 30 and 60 second versions at www.fsis.usda.gov/news/Food_Safety_PSA. News organizations and power companies can obtain hard copy (Beta and DVD) versions of the PSA by contacting FSIS Food Safety Education Staff at 301.344.4757.
Videos about food safety during power outages are available in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language on FSIS YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/USDAFoodSafety. Podcasts regarding food safety during severe weather, power outages, and flooding are available English and Spanish on FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events.
Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day atAskKaren.gov or Mobile AskKaren.gov on your smartphone. Mobile Ask Karen can also be downloaded from the Android and iTunes app store.
Consumers can email, chat with a live representative, or call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline directly from the app. To use these features on the app, simply choose "Contact Us" from the menu. The live chat option and the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline, 1.888.MPHotline (1.888.674.6854), are available in English and Spanish from l0 am to 4 pm edt, Monday through Friday.
Here is a list of federally recognized American Indian tribes in the four states that are on the Gulf of Mexico.
Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama
Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida
Seminole Tribe of Florida
Big Cypress Reservation
Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana
Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana
Jena Band of Choctaw Indians
Tunica - Biloxi Indian Tribe of Louisiana
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
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