Storm Preparation Guide: Using Dry Ice
Storm preparation with dry ice can help you preserve perishable food and medicine during extended power outages.
Storm Preparation is Key
With a little bit of foresight and some help from the weatherman, you can always be prepared for storms – without the need for an expensive generator and the mess of gasoline. Below is our list of tips for using dry ice during extended power outages. Download the complete guide here.
- Dry ice most definitely can be a part of your emergency preparedness shopping. It can help maintain refrigerated items including medications and the contents of your refrigerator.
- We recommend you store your dry ice in a Styrofoam cooler until needed.
- When and if your power goes out, slip a block of dry ice into your freezer.
- As a rule of thumb, we recommend 1.5 lbs. of dry ice for every cubic foot of freezer space.
- Once unpacked, dry ice sublimates at a rate of approximately 10 lbs. every 24 hours, so it might be necessary to buy multiple bags for an upcoming storm.
- If you’re having difficulty finding dry ice, use our locator. It will recommend the closest grocery store that sells dry ice.
- Once your power comes back on, you should remove the dry ice and place it back in the cooler.
- For more tips including safety and handling instructions, use our guide.
Emergency Supply Kit
An emergency supply kit is also essential for storm preparation. An effective kit contains all of the items that you might need for a variety of emergency situations during your power outage. The following are some basic items that you should consider including in your kit:
- Water for sanitation and hydration (have at least one gallon per person per day for three days)
- Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape for makeshift shelters or repairs
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn utilities on or off
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
For a more comprehensive list of items, check out Ready.gov.