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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Food and Water Safety

Keeping food and water safe after the storm

After a hurricane, it is easy for food and water to become contaminated by floodwaters or spoiled after a power outage.  So how can you tell what is safe to eat or drink?  Never eat food that was directly exposed to floodwater or is in damaged cans.  When in doubt, throw it out. Use the resources below to help you learn more and stay healthy.

People in the areas affected by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey can also call 2-1-1 to get local information about shelter, food, water, health resources, and other needs.​​


Power Outages


Drinking Water

  • This page last reviewed: September 20, 2017