The plan includes:
✓ Ready-to-serve canned meat, vegetables, and fruits.
✓ Canned juices, shelf-stable milk, tube-feeding formula, and oral supplements.
✓ A current agreement with a vendor to supply ice or ice blankets.
✓ Contact information for companies that have refrigerated trucks or generators.
✓ A plan on how to minimize loss by using refrigerated food immediately, frozen food next, etc.
✓ A contingency plan for foodservice equipment that uses electricity such as cash registers, ovens, lighting (e.g. access to a manual can opener).
✓ Utilize insulated warming boxes as available to keep hot foods hot
✓ Maintain computer files on back-up drives or cloud-based services
✓ Keep flash lights in the department
Example of an Emergency Plan for Interruption of Electrical Service
An interruption of electrical service is defined as two hours or more.
Response: Affected Operations Refrigeration
Note the time the power outage begins AND Monitor and record food temperatures every two hours.
✓ Utilize refrigerated items first, then frozen food items.
✓ Keep refrigeration equipment doors closed.
✓ Pack potentially hazardous food in commercially-made ice or dry ice (note the precautions for using dry ice).
✓ Do not put hot food into refrigeration equipment.
✓ Plan ahead for trips in and out of the coolers or freezers to minimize the number of times the door is opened.
✓ Hot Food Holding Note the time the power outage begins
✓ Discard all potentially hazardous foods that have been held below 140 degrees F for more than four hours OR Use an alternate heat source such as “canned heat” and monitor temperatures hourly. Note: If power returns within four hours, reheat food to 165 degrees F.