Separate debris into construction, vegetation, household hazardous, waste, white goods, and electronics categories.
DO NOT bury or burn debris.
Disaster debris should be disposed of in a Type III (Construction & Debris) landfill.
Drain wet areas and puddles of water around play equipment.
Clean out eaves and troughs.
As floodwaters recede, be sure to drain, overturn, or empty water-filled areas to reduce mosquito breeding areas and help reduce the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.
Remove standing water in rain gutters, buckets, plastic covers, toys, etc.
Remove vegetation or obstructions in drainage ditches.
Always wash your hands.
Do not allow children to play in floodwaters as exposure to it may cause viruses, parasites, injuries, or infectious diseases.
Wash or discard all toys that have come into contact with flood waters.
Contact the local health department for approval to reopen/operate after a disaster.
NEVER eat commercially prepared cans of food IF cans are bulging or if there are openings on the can, screw caps, soda bottle tops, or twist-caps.
NEVER eat food that has been out of refrigeration for more than four hours after a disaster.
Any food contact surfaces should be washed, rinsed, and sanitized before being put back into service.
NEVER eat any food that may have come into contact with contaminated water.
NEVER use powdered formulas prepared with untreated water. Use boiled water instead.
Assume that home-canned food is unsafe after a disaster.
DO NOT use the sewage system until water in the soil absorption field is lower than the water level around the house.
IF damage is suspected, have your system professionally inspected and serviced.
Contact your local health department before a disaster to obtain a list of septic system contractors who work in your area.
DO NOT pump the tank during flooded or saturated drain field conditions.
Be sure the septic tank’s manhole cover is secure and that inspection ports have been blocked or damaged.
Understand the environmental hazards your facility may experience.
Plan for the dangers of flood waters entering your facility & be aware of critical hazards that exist after a disaster.
Proper food safety after a disaster is critical.
Save the lives of children & staff.
Enable programs to return to providing care after a disaster.
Provide child care for parents returning to work.
Protect the program’s building and equipment.
Provide child care for first responders.
Support employees and employers.