Be Safe AFTER a flood
- Listen to authorities for information and instructions. Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
- Wear heavy gloves and boots during clean up.
- Be aware of the risk of electrocution. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off the electricity to prevent electric shock.
- Avoid wading in floodwater, which can contain dangerous debris and be contaminated. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.
- If burning candles, make sure to keep them away from combustibles and extinguish them before leaving.
- Gas appliances such as a water heaters or furnaces that have been submerged, may be serviced or replaced based on the damage sustained, but must pass inspection prior to gas service being restored. If you have questions regarding inspections, please call (785) 587-4506 ext 1.
- Keep children and pets out of the affected area until cleanup has been completed.
- Wear personal protective equipment, including rubber boots, rubber gloves, and goggles during cleanup of affected area.
- While cleaning up areas with mold damage, wear a NIOSH-approved N-95 respirator, or one that provides even more protection.
- All food exposed to floodwater should be thrown out. All food requiring refrigeration should be thrown out if the power was out more than four hours.
- Remove and discard items that cannot be washed and disinfected (such as, mattresses, carpeting, carpet padding, rugs, upholstered furniture, cosmetics, stuffed animals, baby toys, pillows, foam-rubber items, books, wall coverings, and most paper products).
- Remove and discard drywall and insulation that has been contaminated with sewage or flood waters. This should include materials that are located a foot higher than the high water line.
- Thoroughly clean all hard surfaces (such as flooring, concrete, molding, wood and metal furniture, countertops, appliances, sinks, and other plumbing fixtures) with hot water and laundry or dish detergent.
- Help the drying process by using fans, air conditioning units, and dehumidifiers.
- Be sure your tetanus shot is current. Hand washing with soap and clean water is important when cleaning areas that have been exposed to flood water.
- Wash all clothes worn during the cleanup in hot water and detergent. These clothes should be washed separately from uncontaminated clothes and linens.
- Wash clothes contaminated with flood water in hot water and detergent. It is recommended that a laundromat be used for washing large quantities of clothes and linens until your onsite waste-water system has been professionally inspected and serviced.
- Seek immediate medical attention if you become injured or ill.
Additional Safety Information
Flood Cleanup Fact Sheet
Flood Water After a Disaster Fact Sheet
CDC Tips for Mold Cleanup (PDF) (PPE)
Flood Insurance Information
What to do after a flood - https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1504459820574-3d9a93b558aaef3c075e0a32347d5d9f/FINAL_What_to_do_after_a_flood_presentation_English_Final_508_September_2017.pdf
Flood Insurance Claims Handbook - https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1508950641147-55cd79e196bc6ea15aba1c69bb9f1cef/FINAL_ClaimsHandbook.pdf
Spanish version - https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1513202637712-a675bf1a130785836f9d28d131eaf0c7/20171207_ClaimsHandbook_SPANISH_55X85_v7_508.pdf