Before & After the Flood — Health and Safety Information

Know how to prepare for a flood, stay safe during a flood, and protect your health when you return home after a flood

Translated Emergency Information - Fact sheets about flooding and power outages in English plus 10 other languages.

CDC Flood Information - Flood readiness, food and water safety after a flood or power outage, worker safety, flood cleanup and general health and safety precautions. Content provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Note: Several of the fact sheets and advisories were created following Tropical Storm Irene and are being updated. The recommendations apply for general flooding recovery as well.

Emergency Information

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Drinking Water Safety

If you have a private drinking water well affected by flooding, you may need to disinfect your water supply and get your water tested.

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Food Safety

When freezers and refrigerators are without power for a time, or if gardens or foods are touched by flood waters, it's important to make sure that any rescued food is safe to eat.

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Flood Cleanup and Safe Return to Home, Work, School

Stay safe and healthy during cleanup, and avoid injuries and illness from hazards after the flood. It's best to wear protective clothing, gloves, boots, goggles and an N95 respirator (face mask), and keep children away from hazardous areas.

Health and Safety for Everyone

Safe Return Home, to School and to Work

For Children:

Cleanup and Waste Disposal Guidelines

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Mental & Emotional Health

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