BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — Since Tropical Storm (or Hurricane, depending on the news outlet) Isaias, 64 percent of the Township is without power and 78 percent of Union County according to JCP&L -- thousands have been left with no refrigeration.
FoodSafety.gov has a chart for determining how long foods will stay fresh and usable after a power outage.
According to the site, "Your refrigerator will keep food safe for up to 4 hours during a power outage. Keep the door closed as much as possible. Discard refrigerated perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers after 4 hours without power."
For frozen food, the site says, "A full freezer will hold a safe temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full and the door remains closed). Food may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is at 40°F or below, however, its quality may suffer. Never taste food to determine its safety." A chart for determining if these foods may be used is also on the site.
Message from Berkeley Heights Police Department:
JCP&L is reporting that an estimated 21,000 customers remain without power this morning in Union County. They have secured 1800 additional crews before and after the storm, and they will work around the clock until restoration is complete.
Please be aware that although the storm has moved out of the region, dangerous situations are still present. Tree limbs that broke loose and are hung up on lines and other limbs will continue to fall over the next few days. Be mindful of where you are walking and where children are playing. Stay away from damaged trees and low-hanging wires and as always, call us immediately to report downed wires or unsafe conditions at 1-888-544-4877.
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