Hurricane and Flooding Disasters

Flood Recovery

Resources to Protect and Restore Community Health

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.

Emergency Preparedness & Response Training 

CDC Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response Awareness level (online) and Operations level (in-person) training.

Food Safety

FDA Food and Water Safety During Power Outages and Floods

Risk Assessment Tools

Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA). Guidance for conducting a THIRA at all levels of government
Operational Plans: Guidance for creating these plans

National Incident Management Systems (NIMS): Systematic, proactive approach to guide organizations in managing all types of incidents

National Planning System: Provides a unified approach and common terminology to support the implementation of the National Preparedness System 

National Exercise Program

HURREVAC is the decision support tool of the National Hurricane Program, administered by FEMA, the USACE, and the NOAA National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Simulation

 

Floods and Public Health Resources

CDC WASH Emergency Communication Resources 

CDC Water Sanitation & Hygiene for Flood Waters

 

Flood Preparedness Factsheets in multiple languages

Vermont HD Before and After Flood: Flood Preparedness Factsheet Vietnamese

Vermont HD Before and After Flood: Flood Preparedness Factsheet Swahili

Vermont HD Before and After Flood: Flood Preparedness Factsheet Spanish

Vermont HD Before and After Flood: Flood Preparedness Factsheet Somali

Vermont HD Before and After Flood: Flood Preparedness Factsheet Serbo-Croatian

Vermont HD Before and After Flood: Flood Preparedness Factsheet Russian

Vermont HD Before and After Flood: Flood Preparedness Factsheet Nepali

Vermont HD Before and After Flood: Flood Preparedness Factsheet French

Vermont HD Before and After Flood: Flood Preparedness Factsheet Chinese

Vermont HD Before and After Flood: Flood Preparedness Factsheet Burmese

Vermont HD Before and After Flood: Flood Preparedness Factsheet Arabic

 

Hospital and Healthcare Facilities

AHRQ Hospital Assessment and Recovery Guide (PDF)

 

Community Resources

CDC Flood Water Home Clean-up

Drinking Water

U.S. EPA Emergency Disinfection of Drinking Water

CDC: FAQs on When and How to Boil Water

University of Nebraska: Drinking Water Treatment Emergency Procedures 

Private Wells and Septic Systems

NEHA's Flooding Preparedness and Response for Private Water Systems 

Mold

U.S. EPA Mold Clean-up After Floods

 

Flood Recovery Worker and Volunteer Safety

CDC Worker Safety After Floods

OSHA Natural Disaster Recovery

Vector Control

Pan-American Health Organization Vector Control in Disaster Situations

Infection Prevention

Infection Prevention and Control for Shelters During Disasters (PDF) by APIC Emergency Preparedness Committee

Rebuilding Homes

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

Storm Safety

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)