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While the initial threat of Tropical Cyclone Debbie has passed, Whitsunday Regional Council is reminding residents to be vigilant and cautious with refrigerated food following recent power failures in the area.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said that if power was interrupted for more than a day, the food in fridges may not be safe to eat.
Once power fails residents are advised not to open their fridge or freezer doors unnecessarily“Refrigerated food will spoil sooner than frozen food, so people should eat any perishable foods in their fridge first – such as dairy products and meat” he said.
“If your power is off for more than 36 hours, and you have not kept your freezer stocked with ice, food may start to spoil and should be eaten immediately or thrown out.”
“Most importantly, people should throw out any food that has started to spoil, especially if it smells bad, tastes strange or is slimy.”
“Although you can refreeze partially defrosted food, the shelf-life and quality will be reduced.”
To hear the latest up-to-date information and official advice, listen to your local radio stations and follow the Whitsunday Disaster & Emergency Facebook page here - https://www.facebook.com/WhitsundayDisasterandEmergencyInformation/
Important phone numbers:
If you have a life threatening emergency, please call 000 immediately.
If you require SES assistance, please call 132 500. The SES’s priority after the event will be providing access to residents (eg. Clearing trees from driveways etc.)
If you need to contact the Whitsunday Disaster Coordination Centre, please call 1300 972 006 and provide information as requested by the telephone operator.
Red Cross has now opened Register.Find.Reunite. and is urging people that may be affected by Cyclone Debbie to get in touch with their families and friends. Please visit www.redcross.org.au to register, or look for someone.