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Date:8/26/2011

ty/EmergencySituations/ucm055987.htm">FDA Offers Tips about Medical Devices and Hurricane Disasters

Vaccines, Blood, Biologics

  • If the power goes out, make note of the time and keep refrigerators and freezers closed as much as possible.  
  • When the power is restored, if possible, determine the temperature in the refrigerator or freezer before the temperature starts to go back down.
  • If the power outage continues, consider removing products from the refrigerator or freezer and packing them in ice or dry ice as appropriate.
  • If contact with flood water occurs, the product should be considered contaminated and should not be used.
  • For more information, see Impact of Severe Weather Conditions on Biological Products

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