Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Power Outages: What Food Can Be Saved?

With the winter weather season quickly approaching, do you know what items can be saved in your refrigerator following a power outage? 

The City of Middleton & American Red Cross has posted a simple 2-page document with a checklist that will help you run through what to toss and what to keep from your fridge and freezer when the power has been out. 

It can be located and printed at: http://www.cityofmiddletown.com/EmergencyPreparedness/PowerOut.pdf

The Clark Public Utilities, our local service provider, also makes these recommendations when the power is out:
  • Prepare an emergency kit that contains flashlights, extra batteries, candles, matches, blankets and a battery-operated radio.
  • Store a supply of drinking water, especially if you're on a private well and non-perishable food.
  • Protect your sensitive equipment, including personal computers, televisions, DVRs, VCRs and stereos, with a surge suppressor.
  • Call the PowerLine at (360) 992-8000 to report a power outage. Having your accurate phone number in our computer system is the key to PowerLine’s success. Make sure we have your correct phone number.

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