Disease Prevention Precautions
Do not eat or drink anything exposed to flood water, or that may have gone bad due to lack of power to your refrigerator. Remember, “When in doubt, toss it out”.
Injury Prevention Precautions
Do not walk or drive on flooded roads.
Turn off main power switches if necessary. Air out and wipe dry all appliances and electrical outlets exposed to water before use.
If you have fuel oil or gas systems, ensure tanks are secure and that all lines are free from breaks.
Open windows if possible to ventilate and dry the area. Fans can be used to help with drying.
Drain standing water in old tires, tin cans, birdbaths, clean clogged gutters and any other places where mosquitoes might breed.
Personal Health Reminders
It is critical to remember good, basic hygiene practices during this time.
Always wash your hands with soap
and warm water that has been disinfected.
If you receive a puncture wound or a wound contaminated with feces or saliva, have a doctor determine whether a tetanus booster is necessary based on individual records.
Contact your provider regarding any vaccinations needed. A tetanus booster is indicated if you were in direct contact with flood waters and you have not had a tetanus vaccination in the last 5 years.