(HealthDay News) -- Lengthy power outages are often unwanted headaches left in the wake of hurricanes and other severe storms.
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers the following ways to prepare for unpredictable weather by having key supplies available:
- Containers of ice to keep food cold, or to melt if water supply is contaminated or unavailable.
- Coolers, frozen gel packs and dry ice to keep refrigerated foods at or below 40 F and frozen food at or below zero F if power is out for more than 4 hours.
- Bottled water.
- Nonperishable foods high on shelves, in case of flooding.
- Manual can opener.
- Bleach for disinfecting.
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