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  • Guidance for Emergency Action Planning for Retail Food Establishments

    - 1 - Massachusetts Food Protection Program

    Guidance for Emergency Action Planning

    for Retail Food Establishments

    Practical guidance for retail grocery and food service establishments to plan and respond to emergencies

    that create the potential for an imminent health hazard.

    With appreciation to:

    Emergency Preparedness Committee of Council II 2004-2006 Conference for Food Protection

    City of Detroit Health Department Macomb County Health Department Michigan Department of Agriculture

    Michigan Restaurant Association Oakland County Health Department

    Massachusetts Department of Public Health Center for Environmental Health

    Food Protection Program

    May 2007

  • Guidance for Emergency Action Planning for Retail Food Establishments

    - 2 - Massachusetts Food Protection Program

  • Guidance for Emergency Action Planning for Retail Food Establishments

    - 3 - Massachusetts Food Protection Program

    Table of Contents Introduction ......................................................................................................................................5 Planning Ahead for Food and Water Emergencies ......................................................................5

    Water Supply Interruptions.............................................................................................................. 5 Electrical Service Interruptions........................................................................................................ 6 Sewage Backups .............................................................................................................................. 7 Fires.................................................................................................................................................. 7 Floods............................................................................................................................................... 8

    Responsibilities of the Permit Holder ............................................................................................9 Single Event ..................................................................................................................................... 9 Widespread Emergency ................................................................................................................... 9

    Responsibilities of the Regulatory Authority................................................................................9 Interruption of Electrical Service..................................................................................................10

    When You Lose Electrical Service ............................................................................................ 10 Alternative Procedures During an Interruption in Electrical Service ........................................ 10

    Refrigeration .......................................................................................................................... 10 Ventilation.............................................................................................................................. 11 Lighting.................................................................................................................................. 11 Dishwashing Equipment ........................................................................................................ 12 Water...................................................................................................................................... 12 Sewage Disposal .................................................................................................................... 12 Electric Hot Water Heater...................................................................................................... 12

    When Power is Restored............................................................................................................ 13 Refrigerated Food Safety Guide ...................................................................................................13 Interruption of Water Service........................................................................................................15

    When You Lose Water Service.................................................................................................. 15 Alternative Procedures During a Water Interruption................................................................. 15

    Handwashing.......................................................................................................................... 15 Toilet Facilities ...................................................................................................................... 16 Drinking Water ...................................................................................................................... 16 Cooking Food Preparation .................................................................................................. 16 Ice........................................................................................................................................... 16 Post-mix Fountain Drinks ...................................................................................................... 17 Cleaning/sanitizing Equipment, Utensils, Tableware, Physical Facility ............................... 17

    When Water Service is Restored ............................................................................................... 17 Contaminated Water Supply (Biological) ....................................................................................19

    When the Water Supply is Contaminated.................................................................................. 19 Drinking Water ...................................................................................................................... 19 Beverages made with water including post mix carbonated beverages, auto-fill coffee makers, instant hot water dispenser, juice, tea, etc. ............................................................... 20 Ice Making ............................................................................................................................. 20

  • Guidance for Emergency Action Planning for Retail Food Establishments

    - 4 - Massachusetts Food Protection Program

    Preparing food products requiring water ............................................................................... 20 Washing / Soaking produce ................................................................................................... 20 Thawing of frozen foods........................................................................................................ 20 Cooking.................................................................................................................................. 20 Handwashing.......................................................................................................................... 21 Cleaning and Sanitizing utensils and tableware..................................................................... 21 Spray Misting Units ............................................................................................................... 21

    Sewage Backup..............................................................................................................................23 When There is a Sewage Backup............................................................................................... 23

    General - Sewage from equipment directly connected to the plumbing system is either slow to drain or does not drain ....................................................................................................... 23 Handwashing.......................................................................................................................... 24 Toilet Facilities ...................................................................................................................... 24 Culinary Sinks........................................................................................................................ 24 Janitor/Utility Sink................................................................................................................. 25 Continuous Overflow of Sewage into the Establishment ...................................................... 25 Personal Health and Safety Considerations for Employees Involved in clean-up................. 25 General Clean-up ................................................................................................................... 26 Contaminated Linens, Single-Service/Use Items .................................................................. 27 General Food Salvage Assessment ........................................................................................ 27 Salvaged Goods Reconditioning......................................................................................... 27 Disposal of Food.................................................................................................................... 28

    Fire ..................................................................................................................................................29 If Fire is Contained ................................................................................................................ 29 If Fire is Widespread.............................................................................................................. 29 If Fire causes Extensive Damage........................................

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