Follow these tips to keep yourself and your family safe after Hurricane Michael:
- If you have evacuated, do not return home until local officials notify you it is safe to do so.
- Don’t drive through flooded areas and standing water. Turn around, don’t drown.
- Stay out of floodwater. Be aware that floodwater may contain sewage and other hazards that harm your health.
- NEVER touch a fallen power line. Do not walk or drive through standing water if downed power lines are in the water.
- Do not use water you suspect or have been told is contaminated to wash dishes, brush your teeth, wash and prepare food, wash your hands, make ice, or make baby formula. Your state, local, or tribal health department can make specific recommendations for boiling or treating water in your area.
- Throw away food that may have come in contact with flood or storm water; perishable foods that have not been refrigerated properly due to power outages; and those with an unusual odor, color, or texture. When in doubt, throw it out.
- Check your carbon monoxide detector’s batteries. Always keep generators and any gasoline-powered engine outside at least 20 feet from any window, door, or vent.
- If you’re working outside in hot weather to clean your home, take breaks and drink plenty of fluids to prevent heat related illness. Keep an eye on babies, older adults, and others most likely to become ill from heat.
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- Page last reviewed: October 19, 2018
- Page last updated: October 19, 2018
- Content source:
- National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH); Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR); Office of Noncommunicable Diseases, Injury, and Environmental Health (ONDIEH); National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP); National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)