• By Dana Sparks

Storm prep reminders during hurricane season

October 4, 2016

NOAA picture from space of Hurricane Matthew Oct. 4
As Hurricane Matthew pounds Haiti, moves toward the Bahamas and projections show a path toward U.S. coastal communities, residents may be starting to prepare for a potential severe weather emergency. But hurricane shutters, flashlights and batteries are not the only things to consider. Food safety is critical to maintaining well being during a natural disaster, and finding creative ways to feed a family can become an issue if refrigeration and electricity are unavailable.

"Whether it's a hurricane or another natural disaster, it's critical to understand basic food and water safety, particularly if power outages or flooding occur. Having a plan in place will ensure proper nutrition, energy, and long-term wellness," says Sherry Mahoney, director of Nutrition and Food Services at Mayo Clinic in Florida.

She advises creating a meal plan in advance, "since most people aren't thinking about recipes (during a disaster), and refrigeration and cooking may become a problem."

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To interview experts please contact Cynthia Weiss Mayo Clinic Public Affairs,
507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu

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