Is it safe to eat and drink?

Is tap water safe to drink? 

In the event of a release, probably, but until there are drinking water test results, only bottled water and sealed juice or soda containers is certain to be free of radioactive contamina­tion. Wipe or rinse the outside of bottles or cans before opening them. Tap or well water can be used for cleaning yourself and your food.

Is food safe to eat?

In the event of a release, food in sealed containers (cans, bottles, boxes, etc.) and any unspoiled food in your refrigerator or freezer is safe to eat. Use a damp towel or cloth to wipe off cans, bottles, packaged foods, counters, plates, pots and utensils before using them. Seal these towels or cleaning cloths in a plastic bag and place them away from people and pets. However, any unpackaged food that was out in the open and near the incident may have radioactive dust on it. Therefore, don’t consume food that was out in the open.

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1. What is sheltering in place?
2. If asked to evacuate, where do I go?
3. Do I get my kids from school?
4. What is potassium iodide (KI) and do I need it?
5. Am I safe if I live in Key Largo/Tavernier/Islamorada/Key West?
6. Is it safe to eat and drink?
7. Where can I get more information?
8. What do the Emergency Classification Levels mean?
9. If asked to evacuate, can I bring my pet?