How to keep food safe if your power goes out during a storm

Hurricane Irma is currently barreling toward Florida, and is expected to make landfall there early Sunday morning. The storm’s strong winds, however, could start hitting the state on Saturday, and power outages are a major risk — even in areas that aren’t under mandatory evacuation orders.

Irma’s center narrowly missed hitting Puerto Rico, but 1 million people on the island lost power nonetheless. The Miami Herald reported that parts of the island could be without power for up to four to six months.

While it’s best to stock up on non-perishable items when preparing for a hurricane, people in affected areas are bound to have food in their refrigerators 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 you experience a power outage.

NOW WATCH: Briefing videos

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.