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Hurricane season is officially underway. For those who live in high-risk areas, planning ahead is crucial. This year due to COVID-19, it's even more important to consider ways to lower spread of infection, for instance, if you need to check on neighbors or go to a shelter for safety.
In an emergency, it's crucial to ensure you and your family have plenty of food and water. Mayo Clinic nutritionist Debra Silverman offers some suggestions on how to keep your food and water safe during a storm or hurricane.
Food safety reminders
"Having a plan for basic food and water, particularly if power outages occur, will ensure proper nutrition, energy and long-term wellness," says Silverman.
When an emergency strikes you should:
Foods to store are:
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Silverman also recommends keeping disposable cutlery, paper plates and cups on hand. Gel-based hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes are also helpful.