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Food Safety Emergency Response

Prevent foodborne illness during emergencies and disasters.

Emergencies and disasters may disrupt operations and increase food safety risks. Planning for an emergency or disaster is key to keeping food safe and will help you to respond quickly and effectively.

FNS Program Operators

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) coordinates with state, local, and voluntary organizations to provide nutrition assistance to those most affected by a disaster or emergency. Visit FNS Disaster Assistance for more information and resources.

School Nutrition Program Operators

The Food Safety Emergency Response Pocket Guide supports school nutrition professionals in their response to food safety emergencies caused by disasters and weather-related events and is available in English and Spanish.

Click here to download the pocket guideHaz clic aquí para descargar la guía de bolsillo

This resource provides key food safety practices and information for school nutrition professionals to consider in various emergency situations to ensure the safe service of school meals and reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

Emergencies caused by disasters and weather-related events are addressed, including power outages, water outages, water contamination, sewage issues, floods and fires. The resource can be used in a variety of ways including:

  1. Extensive training on multiple topics and types of emergencies, or
  2. Quick refresher, just-in-time, and on-the-go trainings focused on a specific topic and emergency.

The Assembling Food Safety Emergency Supply Kits Poster is a supplementary resource which highlights key supplies to include in emergency kits that may be used during emergencies and disasters that impact foodservice operations.

assembling food safety emergency supply kits

Click here to download the poster

kits de la seguridad alimentaria durante emergencias

Haz clic aquí para descargar el poster

These resources can be bookmarked, downloaded and printed. To download the full resource, please right-click on the link provided and "save link as."

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center provides information and resources to build the preparedness capacity of schools, school districts, institutions of higher education, and their community partners at the local, state, and federal levels. 

Child Nutrition Program Operators

Visit the Institute of Child Nutrition’s Food Safety Resources webpage for additional resources for child nutrition program operators. Some resources that may be useful during emergencies and disasters are:

If you are a consumer looking for information about food safety during emergencies and disasters click here.

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Page updated: January 09, 2024