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- American Red Cross Emergency Response Line – 414.345.8678 (water, shelter and meals)
- Central Racine County Health Department – www.crchd.com (health and safety information)
- Wisconsin Kenosha Racine Partnership – 888.794.5820 (FoodShare/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
- Unemployment Insurance – (unemployment benefits for those who lost work due to floods and power outages)
Safety TipsCentral Racine County Health Department advises that extreme caution should be taken with food and private well water. They shared the following food and well water safety tips:
Food Safety During a Power Outage
- The biggest food safety concern is the condition of Potentially Hazardous Food (PHF) such as meats, eggs, milk, cooked vegetables, cut melons, cut tomatoes and cut leafy greens.
- Keep refrigerators and freezer doors closed as much as possible.
- Add bags of ice or dry ice to the freezers and coolers.
- When power is restored check the internal food temperatures. If above 41°F food should be discarded.
- If there are any questions regarding the safety of specific foods, contact the Central Racine County Health Department.
- When In Doubt, Throw It Out!
Well Water Safety
- Private well owners with wells located in a flooded area should not consume the water without boiling it first.
- After the flood waters have receded, wells should be chlorinated and then tested for contamination.
- Whenever you notice a change in water quality, or anytime there's been flooding near your well, have your well tested for bacteria contamination.
- Until the test results are known, follow these procedures to ensure safe drinking water:
- Drink bottled water or water from a known, safe source.
- If necessary, you can make water safe to drink by boiling it for five minutes.
- When in doubt, if the water is CLOUDY, ODOROUS, OR COLORED – DO NOT DRINK THE WATER!
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