Flood Safety Tips

  1. Environmental Hazards
  2. Food
  3. General
  4. Household Tap Water
  5. Medical
  • Snakes and other wildlife may seek shelter in trees, homes, and vehicles during floods. Bats are often injured in heavy rains and winds. Do not handle wildlife. Seek immediate treatment if bitten or injured by an animal. Beware of displaced pets.
  • Return home in daylight for best visibility and to avoid using unsafe power sources. Do not use lanterns or torches until the premises inspected and are safe from gas leaks.
  • Standing water after floods is a breeding place for mosquitoes. Drain all standing water and empty water from outdoor items such as old tires, cans and flower pot bases. Protect yourself with an appropriate insect repellent containing DEET.
  • Do not let anyone enter your home while flooded unless the main electrical switch has been turned off.
  • Wear shoes in post-flood areas to reduce the chances of punctures or cuts from nails and other sharp contaminated objects.