With millions of people along the East Coast out of power, and even more expected to lose it, getting power back after a serious storm can sometimes take more than a few days. We talked to food safety expert Katie Burns to find out what families have on-hand and what they need to do during the coming week. Burns recommends planning ahead for at least three days or more.
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1. Get plenty of bottled water. You need at least a gallon of water per person per day.
2. Make sure you have an old-fashioned, non-electric, can opener.
3. Load up on canned or pouched food. At least two cans per person per day. Soup is okay because gas stove-tops will still work with matches.
4. Don't forget about your grill. Outdoor gas grills can even be used to boil water.
5. Keep non-perishables on hand. Foods like peanut butter, granola bars and dried fruit last long and work as snacks. Also, fruits like banana and apples are good options, too.