Flooding can occur after heavy rains or when rivers and streams rise quickly. Large areas can flood in a short time, interrupting power, and damaging property. This brief will help restaurants prepare for potential flooding situations, assess reopening, and provides guidelines for recovery operations.
Flooding can occur after heavy rains or when rivers and streams rise quickly. Large areas can flood in a short time, interrupting power and damaging property. The resulting floodwater may damage records, equipment, and food inventory, as well as cause structural damage.
This page will help you prepare for potential flooding situations, assess reopening, and give you guidelines for recovery operations. Local health authority instructions always take precedence over these guidelines.
When flooding is forecasted, the following actions are suggested:
Flooding can occur quickly. Human safety is paramount in any situation. Never wade into rising flood waters. In addition to presenting drowning and moving water dangers, flood waters can carry dangerous germs and bacteria that can contaminate surfaces and foods. The following are recommended procedures for ceasing operations and recovery efforts once authorities have given the all-clear for safety.
When your restaurant has been closed due to flooding or water damage, these guidelines can help you assess whether or not to reopen and evaluate the availability of food and water for safe operations.
The following food items MUST be discarded:
The following items should be treated before use:
Canned foods exposed to flood waters must be disinfected before they are opened. If the following disinfection steps cannot occur, canned food must be discarded.
The local health authority will always have the best, most immediate information available in any affected locale. Instructions of the local health authority should always supersede any information provided in this document.