Food Storage During Outages
According to the USDA:
- A fully-stocked freezer will stay cold for two days.
- A half-full freezer will keep items frozen one day.
- An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold four hours after power is lost.
- Be sure to check the temperature inside your fridge once electricity is restored to determine if the food is safe to eat.
- The refrigerator should be at or below 40 degrees with the freezer at or below zero degrees.
- If a prolonged outage is expected, place items that can be frozen in the freezer.
- Food such as milk, cheese, and eggs can be packed with ice in a closed cooler.
The Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation (UCEMC) is an electric power distribution cooperative. UCEMC is owned and operated by its members and distributes electric power through more than 4,600 miles of lines to more than 50,000 members located primarily in Jackson, Overton, Putnam and Smith Counties and northern DeKalb County. Several members are served in “fringe” areas of Clay, Fentress, Macon, Pickett, White, and Wilson Counties.