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Stay Safe in a Flood

Vermont’s rivers, streams and lakes can be harmful to our health and safety when they flood. Learn about the steps you can take to stay safe before, during and after a flood.


Flood Watch means a flood is possible in your area.
Flood Warning means a flood is about to happen or is happening in your area.

Other Health Assessments

An Environmental Impact Statement evaluates potential physical, biological, cultural and socioeconomic effects of a proposed action. A Public Health Assessment evaluates information on the release of hazardous substances into the environment and its past, current or future impact on public health.

Hanta Virus

Hantavirus can cause a serious disease in humans called hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. Hantavirus can be found in the urine, droppings and saliva of certain rodents.

Radon

One in seven Vermont homes has unsafe levels of radon. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. Testing is the only way to know if it is in your home.

Radon

Smoking and radon are the leading causes of lung cancer. If you smoke and your home has high levels of radon, your risk of getting lung cancer is especially high.

Indoor Air Quality

National studies have shown that air pollution in our homes can be more of a health concern than air pollution outside. Indoor pollutant levels may, in fact, be many times higher than outdoor levels. There are three main reasons why indoor air quality is becoming more of a health concern:

  • It is estimated that Americans spend up to 90% of their time indoors.
  • More harmful chemicals are used in building materials, furnishings, pesticides, and household cleaning and personal care products.
  • Homes and other buildings may not be properly ventilated.

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