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Flooding

What precauctions should I take before a flood occurs?
What does a flood watch or warning mean?
What emergency supplies do I need in case of a flood?
What can I do to prepare in case I am asked to evacuate?
What should I do if I'm NOT ordered to evauate?
If my house has flooded, what should I do when I return?
How do I know if my food is safe to eat after a flood?
How do I know if the water is safe to drink after a flood?
Should I be concerned about animals or mosquitoes after a flood?
What's the best method for cleaning flood-damaged property?
Where can I find more information?

What precauctions should I take before a flood occurs?

What does a flood watch or warning mean?

What emergency supplies do I need in case of a flood?
You should stock your home with supplies that may be needed during the emergency period. At a minimum, these supplies should include:

What can I do to prepare in case I am asked to evacuate?

You should never ignore an evacuation order. Authorities will direct you to leave if you are in a low-lying area, or within the greatest potential path of the rising waters.

What should I do if I'm NOT ordered to evauate?

If my house has flooded, what should I do when I return?Flooded road

Communicable disease precautions

How do I know if my food is safe to eat after a flood?

How do I know if the water is safe to drink after a flood?

Should I be concerned about animals or mosquitoes after a flood?
Many wild animals have been forced from their natural habitats by flooding, and many domestic animals are also without homes after the flood. Take care to avoid these animals. Do not corner an animal. If an animal must be removed, contact your local animal control authorities.
 
If you are bitten by any animal, seek immediate medical attention. If you are bitten by a snake, first try to accurately identify the type of snake so that, if poisonous, the correct anti-venom may be administered.
 
Contact local or state health and agricultural officials for state guidelines on disposal of dead animals.

Protect yourself from mosquitoes: use screens on dwellings, wear long-sleeved and long-legged clothing, and use insect repellents that contain DEET.
 
What's the best method for cleaning flood-damaged property?
Walls, hard-surfaced floors, and many other household surfaces should be cleaned with soap and water and disinfected with a solution of 1 cup of bleach to five gallons of water.

Wash all linens and clothing in hot water, or dry clean them. Flood soaked furnishings such as upholstered couches, chairs or carpeting should be discarded. Remove and discard contaminated household materials that cannot be disinfected, such as wall coverings, cloth, rugs, and drywall.

If there has been a backflow of sewage into the house, wear rubber boots and waterproof gloves during cleanup.
 
Mold may be present in homes that were flooded. An air conditioner or dehumidifier may be used to lower the level of humidity to prevent mold growth. When cleaning up small areas affected by mold, make sure the area has enough air by opening doors or windows. Use protective glasses or goggles, rubber boots and waterproof gloves. Wash clothing afterwards. If there is heavy mold growth, use a respirator or suitable mask to prevent breathing the mold.

Where can I find more information?
Ready.gov: Floods
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Floods
Kentucky Division of Emergency Management
 
Sources: Northern Kentucky Health Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FEMA, Kentucky Department for Public Health