So you made sure to attack the rapidly melting pints of ice cream in your freezer when the power went out, but what about all that other food in your fridge— if it isn’t of the melting variety, how long is it safe without being refrigerated? Well first of all, don’t employ the “I’m just gonna taste this to see if it’s okay” test, warns the United States Department of Agriculture in its handy guide to post-power loss food safety.
You often hear hackneyed jokes about people blaming the TV weatherman for the bad weather. But the folks at National Grid are doing just that, pointing the finger at forecasters for not accurately predicting a storm that left hundreds of thousands of customers in New England without power.
It’s completely understandable that you might lose power following a massive storm. It’s even understandable that you might be without power for several days while the power company repairs damaged lines. What doesn’t make sense is when you have no electricity because the power company is convinced that you have no idea what you’re talking about.
What did Whole Foods Associate Manager Ted Donoghue do when his West Hartford store lost its computer system during a major snowstorm? Nothing! After realizing that the registers were down for the count, Donoghue issued simple instructions to his cashiers: bag the customer’s groceries and wish them a happy holidays.