What to do in a Flood

BEFORE DOING ANYTHING...

Does the outside inspection show the structure is safe? Check for structural damage to see if it is safe to enter the building. Watch for electrical shorts and live wires. Electrical safety is most important in floods. Make sure that electrical service is DISCONNECTED and CANNOT be turned on before entering any structure. Turn off any outside gas lines at the tank or meter, and let the building air out for several minutes to remove gas fumes. Here is a list of resources to help you in recovering from a flood disaster.

Flood Clean Up Safe Drinking Water After a Flood
Emergency Toilets Precautions for Returning to Flood Damaged Areas
Emergency Disinfection Disinfecting Wells and Water Sources
Sewer Overflow Cleanup Food Safety After Flood
Returning After a Flood  


Tetanus shots are available at the Health Center – Flood workers and anyone spending time around these disasters need to be sure their tetanus immunization is up–to–date (the tetanus vaccine should be administered once every 10 years).