The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration experts have predicted a near-normal or below-normal 2014 Atlantic hurricane season. While a potential dip in the number of hurricanes this year would be welcome news, it’s important to remember that severity and quantity are two different things.
When the gale-force winds start blowing and the torrential rain raises water level, people and their food and water supplies need to be ready.
“The most important thing is to avoid letting your crops, or your food and drinking water, come into contact with the flood waters,” says Yinqing Ma, Ph.D., Consumer Safety Officer in the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. “Flood waters may have been exposed to sewage, chemicals, heavy metals, pathogenic microorganisms, or other contaminants.” If crops do come in contact with flood waters, consult FDA’s guidance on Evaluating the Safety of Flood-affected Food Crops for Human Consumption.
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