Food & Shelter
Locations designated by the city for the distribution of ice, water, and MRE after a storm:
Island Community Center Parking Lot
Academy Sports and Outdoor Parking Lot
4523 Fort Crockett
After a storm once the city has established the POD, we will designate times for citizens to come by.
Salvaging Food after Flood/Storm Waters Have Been in Your Home
Follow these steps provided by fda.gov to keep your food safe during and after flood conditions:
- Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with flood water.
- Discard any food that is not in a waterproof container if there is any chance that it has come into contact with flood water.
- Food containers that are not waterproof include those with screw-caps, snap lids, pull tops, and crimped caps.
- Discard cardboard juice/milk/baby formula boxes and home-canned foods if they have come in contact with flood water, because they cannot be effectively cleaned and sanitized.
- Inspect canned foods and discard any food in damaged cans. Can damage is shown by swelling, leakage, punctures, holes, fractures, extensive deep rusting, or crushing/denting severe enough to prevent normal stacking or opening with a manual, wheel-type can opener.
- Undamaged commercially-prepared foods in all-metal cans and "retort pouches" (like flexible, shelf-stable juice or seafood pouches) can be saved if you follow this procedure:
- Remove the labels, if they are the removable kind, since they can harbor dirt and bacteria.
- Brush or wipe away any dirt or silt.
- Thoroughly wash the cans or retort pouches with soap and water, using hot water if it is available. Rinse the cans or retort pouches with water that is safe for drinking, if available, since dirt or residual soap will reduce the effectiveness of chlorine sanitation.
- Sanitize cans and retort pouches by immersion in one of the two following ways:
- Place in water and allow the water to come to a boil and continue boiling for 2 min., or
- Place in a freshly-made solution consisting of 1 tablespoon of unscented liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water (or the cleanest, clearest water available) for 15 minutes.
- Air dry cans or retort pouches for a minimum of 1 hour before opening or storing.
- If the labels were removable, then re-label your cans or retort pouches, including the expiration date (if available), with a marking pen.
- Food in reconditioned cans or retort pouches should be used as soon as possible thereafter.
- Any concentrated baby formula in reconditioned, all-metal containers must be diluted with clean, drinking water.
- Thoroughly wash metal pans, ceramic dishes, and utensils (including can openers) with soap and water, using hot water if available. Rinse, and then sanitize them by boiling in clean water or immersing them for 15 minutes in a solution of one tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water (or the cleanest, clearest water available).
- Thoroughly wash counter tops with soap and water, using hot water if available. Rinse, and then sanitize by applying a solution of one tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water (or the cleanest, clearest water available). Allow to air dry.
Use the resources below, provided by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, to make sure your food and water is safe.
After a disaster such as a hurricane or flood, your food and water supplies may have become contaminated or been temporarily cut off.
- Cooking When the Power Goes Off (PDF) ( En Español (PDF) )
- Decontaminating Flooded Wells (PDF) ( En Español (PDF) )
- Disinfecting Water After a Disaster (PDF) ( En Español )
- Disinfecting Water Wells by Shock Chlorination (PDF) ( En Español (PDF) )
- Emergency Food and Water Supplies (PDF)
- Food Safety for Relief Volunteers (PDF)
- Foods & Supplies to Have on Hand When Power is Limited or Uncertain (PDF) ( En Español (PDF) )
- Handling Food or Drinks When Losing Power (PDF) ( En Español (PDF) )
- Identifying & Handling Spoiled Unsafe Food After a Disaster (PDF) ( En Español (PDF) )
- Protect Yourself and Others after a Chemical Fire (PDF)
- Shock Chlorination of Stored Water Supplies (PDF) ( En Español (PDF) )
- Wastewater Treatment Systems: responding to power outages and floods (PDF)
- Water is Vital – Especially after a Disaster (PDF)
- Emergency Shelter Sanitation Guidelines (PDF)
- Guidance to Retail Food Establishments Under a Boil Order (PDF)
- Reopening a Retail Food Establishment After an Emergency (PDF)