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2019 Hurricane Season
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
1–2 PM EDT
10 quick tips for staying safe during a hurricane:
- Don’t go into flood water.
- Don’t let children or pets drink flood water
- Seek safe and dry shelter—Stay inside until local authorities give the OK to go outside.
- Wash hands regularly.
- Drink only clean water. Bottled water is the best option. If not available, boiled or bleach-disinfected water are the next best options (see the FDA resource below for boiling and disinfecting instructions).
- Eat only safe food. When in doubt, throw it out!
- Don’t eat food that has been in flood water.
- Check on your family and neighbors.
- Check on your pets.
- Above all else—Keep yourself healthy and safe.
Remember that if the electricity is out, the food in your refrigerator could be unsafe for consumption. When in doubt, throw it out!
Resources & Links
Informative Blog Posts & Articles
When flood waters recede, communities are often left with contaminated water supplies, nonfunctioning septic tanks, mold, increased vectors and pests, spoiled food, and temporary shelters and housing. Ensuring the proper information reaches community members and supports environmental health professionals is essential in the efforts to restore communities and protect public health. The following resources provide best practices around flood recovery related to environmental health.
Floods and Public Health Resources
Flood Preparedness Factsheets in multiple languages
Hospital and Healthcare Facilities
Private Wells and Septic Systems
Flood Recovery Worker and Volunteer Safety
Infection Prevention and Control for Shelters During Disasters (PDF) by APIC Emergency Preparedness Committee
Rebuild Healthy Homes: Guide to Post-disaster Restoration for a Safe and Healthy Home (PDF) by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes
https://www.ul.com/code-authorities/buildingsafetyprograms/storm-safety/ This site provides storm preparedness, safety after the storm, and rebuilding safely after a storm information. This is provided courtesy of Underwriters Laboratories (UL)