Safety Tips After Flood Rains

  • Do not go outside unnecessarily.
  • Wear water boots or closed shoes when going outdoors.
  • Wear gloves when clearing debris or handling of dirty water.
  • If you get a puncture wound, a nail stick or a cut, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Do not allow children to play in the floodwater or any other dirty or stagnant water.

 

SAFE WATER

After heavy rainfall and flooding, water may become contaminated. To prevent diseases and maintain good health, it is important to use SAFE WATER. Water can be made safe by treating with household bleach or by boiling.

  • BLEACH
    • For 1 litre of water (1 quart)
    • Add 2 drops of bleach
    • Mix well and leave for 30 minutes
    • For 20 litres of water (5 US gallons)
    • Add ½ teaspoon of bleach
    • Mix well and leave for 30 minutes
    • For 170 litres of water (45 US gallons)
    • Add 4 ½ teaspoons of bleach
    • Mix well and leave for 30 minutes

 

  • BOILING
    • Allow water to “boil up” for at least one minute before removing from the fire. Keep covered at all times.

 

TREAT WATER BEFORE USING FOR ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • Drinking or making drinks
  • Washing fruits and vegetables
  • Making ice
  • Preparing food
  • Washing dishes and utensils

 

DEAD ANIMALS

  • Dead animals should be buried as soon as possible after the rains subside.

 

Report any potential health hazard (open graves, broken sewage main, chemical spill) to the Parish Health Department immediately.