How to keep food safe if your power goes out during Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael is barreling toward the Florida Panhandle and is expected to make landfall Wednesday afternoon. Power failures are a major risk, as the Category 4 hurricane is carrying sustained winds of nearly 150 mph.

Gov. Rick Scott, who has declared a state of emergency in 35 Florida counties, called Michael a “massive storm” during a Monday press conference, and the storm has since strengthened.

“We haven’t seen anything like this in the Panhandle in decades,” Scott said.

While it’s best to stock up on nonperishable items when preparing for a hurricane, people in affected areas are bound to have food in the refrigerator as well. Here are some suggestions from the US Department of Agriculture on how to protect the food in your fridge and freezer for as long as possible if your power goes out.

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