Step 4) Food, Medicine, Utilities, Water & Sewage

Foods and Medicines
The motto to remember is: IF IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT. Contamination from water, heat, smoke and fumes can spoil foods and medicines, making them dangerous to consume.

Refrigerated food: Refrigerators keep food at 4 degrees C. If the temperature inside the fridge has gone above that level, discard all the food. If your fridge was exposed to floodwaters, throw out all the food.

Frozen Foods: Frozen food is probably safe, unless the freezer was exposed to heat from a fire, floodwater or has been without power for an extended period.


If the electricity is off, keep the freezer closed. It has enough insulation to keep food frozen for up to three days without power.