Public Health

May 2015 Flooding

Brazos River Flooding Wildlife & Animal Safety FAQs


FLOOD PREPAREDNESS

To prepare for a flood, you should:

  • Build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Avoid building in a floodplain unless you elevate and reinforce your home.
  • Elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel in your home if you live in an area that has a high flood risk.
  • Consider installing "check valves" to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home.
  • If feasible, construct barriers to stop floodwater from entering the building and seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds.

FLOOD RECOVERY: HEALTH & SAFETY TIPS

Water Quality- Listen for public announcements on the safety of the municipal water supply. Safe drinking water includes bottled water, boiled, or treated water. Do NOT use contaminated water without treating it or boiling it first. 

Disinfecting Wells- If you suspect that your well may be contaminated, contact Fort Bend County Environmental Health at 281-342-7469 for instructions on testing or disinfecting wells. 

Food Safety- Do NOT eat any food that may have come into contact with flood water. Canned foods can be saved if you remove the labels and thoroughly wash the cans and disinfect them. Food Containers with snap lids and screw tops should be discarded if they have come into contact with flood water.

Dry Ice can be used daily to keep food frozen until electricity is restored. If food thaws out, it is only good to eat if it is still "refrigerator cold". To be safe, remember, "When in doubt, throw it out." Discard any food that has been at room temperature for two hours or more, and any food that has unusual odor, color, or texture. 

Sanitation and Hygiene- It is critical to remember to practice basic hygiene during emergencies. Always wash your hands with soap and water that has been boiled or disinfected:

  • before preparing or eating food;
  • after toilet use;
  • after participating in flood cleanup activities; and
  • after handling articles contaminated with flood water or sewage

In addition, flood waters may contain fecal material from overflowing sewage systems. Parents need to help children avoid waterborne illness. Do not allow children to play in flood water areas and wash children's hands frequently. 

Immunizations- If you receive a puncture wound or a wound contaminated with feces, soil, saliva, etc. have a doctor or local clinic determine whether a tetanus booster is necessary.

Mosquitoes- The large amount of pooled water remaining after a flood will lead to increased mosquito populations. The majority of the mosquitoes will be nuisance mosquitoes, NOT disease carrying mosquitoes. Fort Bend County Road & Bridge and Health & Human Services departments actively monitor and control the spread of mosquito-borne diseases. 

To personally protect your self from mosquitoes, use screens on dwellings, and wear long sleeved and long-legged clothing, use mosquito repellents containing DEET, and stay in at Dusk/Dawn when mosquitoes are most active.  

When Disaster Strikes, Will You Be Ready?

Basic preparation can help keep your family safe in any type of emergency.
Make a plan and gather essentials now to avoid a truly disastrous situation. You never know when a disaster will strike. Be prepared.

Click each icon for more information on how to prepare or visit www.texasprepares.org  

                                       

         Make a Kit.                          Have a Plan.                     Be Informed.

   


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