At the start of the summer, I wrote a post about how foodservice packaging can help you have a sensible summer. As summer winds down, that means hurricane season is upon us, let alone the other natural disasters like flooding, tornados and brushfires that are also common this time of year. Iím writing today to remind you to stock up on foodservice packaging as part of your disaster survival kits.
Whatís often one of the first things that happen during any natural disaster? Electricity is lost, which means you canít properly wash your permanent dishware, and whether youíre worried about feeding your family or a whole community, the use of sanitary, foodservice packaging becomes critical.
But donít just listen to me. The U.S. Food and Drug Administrationís Food Code authoritatively spells out the sanitary and health advantages of single-use packaging: ďA food establishment without facilities...for cleaning and sanitizing kitchenware and tableware shall provide only single-use kitchenware, single-service articles, and single-use articles for use by food employees and single-service articles for use by consumers.Ē
Both the Department of Homeland Security and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tout the importance of foodservice packaging by recommending single-use items in any disaster kit and hurricane preparedness kits.
FPIís advice is that any disaster response kit should contain at least a ten-day supply of foodservice packaging stashed away in a water-proof plastic bag with a re-sealable closure. That equates to 30 cups, 30 plates, 30 bowls, 30 sets of cutlery, and a package of towels or napkins, for each person in a family.
This advanced planning could really pay off should a disaster strike. And hey, if the hurricane doesnít hit, you have some extra supplies for your next party or picnic!
Posted By Lynn M. Dyer (President) | 8/19/2014 10:53:07 AM