Plenty of people across the area woke up this morning without power due to the nasty storms that swept across the region last night.

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If you are one of those people and you are worried about keeping your food in your fridge and freezer safe, National Grid is offering free dry ice today to help keep your food cold.

According to a post on their Twitter account, National grid will be offering customers free dry ice from Noon until 4 pm today. You will need to bring your own carrier. This could be a cooler or a small shopping bag.

If you need the dry ice, there are four different locations that you can stop by to collect it today.

JFK Community Center 114 Hickory Street, in Buffalo

City of Batavia Fire Department 18 Evans Street, Batavia

The Murphy Training Center 665 Brigham Road, in Dunkirk

The Niagara Falls Fire Station No. 8  320 Hyde Park Blvd, Niagara Falls



If you never used dry ice before, here is how you should use it to keep your food at the proper temperature. You will need to pack your cooler differently, depending on whether you need to keep perishable food products frozen or cold. if you don't need to keep the food frozen, you should be a layer between the food and dry ice. Something like a towel or cardboard would be a good buffer.

If the items are frozen food, you can place them directly on the ice.

The dry ice should be on the bottom of the container and then your food layered on top.

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