Emergency Food Supplies

Flood Food Safety Information for Hurricanes, Power Outages, & Floods

DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Important consumer and industry information for keeping food safe after severe weather or power outages.

Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Includes general guidelines and frequently asked questions. Covers emergency situations such as flood, fire, and power outages and charts on when to save food and when to throw it out.

Keep Food and Water Safe after a Natural Disaster or Power Outage

DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Information about why food may not be safe to eat during and after an emergency. Safe water for drinking, cooking, and personal hygiene includes bottled, boiled, or treated water. Also in PDF|163 KB.

A Consumer's Guide to Food Safety: Severe Storms and Hurricanes (PDF | 821 KB)

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Knowing how to determine if food is safe and how to keep food safe will help minimize the potential loss of food and reduce the risk of foodborne illness. This Consumer's Guide will help you make the right decisions for keeping your family safe during an emergency.

Food Safety Videos

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

View various video public service announcements, including "Food Safety During Power Outages."

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Under TEFAP, commodity foods are made available to States. States provide the food to local agencies that they have selected, usually food banks, which in turn, distribute the food to soup kitchens and food pantries that directly serve the public.