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WATER SAFETY AFTER A FLOOD

Posted by SR on May 18 2017
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Maintaining health during and after floods and storms as important as water can be extremely polluted.  It is important to understand how to reduce your risk of injury, sickness or infection during floods and storms.It is normal to feel a mix of emotions in emergency situations and these emotions should pass with time.  People who use the support of family, friends, church or other organisations are generally found to recover well from stressful situations such as these. However, there are times when extra support may be needed. 

When you know or suspect that a flood warning has been issued for your area, do the following: Listen to your local radio station for updates; check that your neighbours have heard any warnings; and prepare yourself and your property. You may also need to do the following:  Move garbage containers, chemicals and poisons beyond the reach of the water; secure objects that might float away and cause damage; move stock and equipment to high ground; stack your furniture and other possessions beyond the reach of the water.; and place electrical items on top.
 If a ‘boil water’ alert has been issued in your area, observe it strictly to prevent illness.  Water for consumption should be brought to a rolling boil and then be allowed to cool and refrigerated in a clean container with a lid.  Under no circumstances should water that has not been boiled be consumed until the alert is lifted. Alternatively bottled water may be used.

Cooled boiled or bottled water should be used for: drinking, cooking, washing raw foods, making ice, cleaning teeth and for pet’s drinking water. After a flood, recreational waters, including lakes, rivers, estuaries and beaches, are likely to be contaminated with sewage and chemicals.  There may also be unpredictable currents, fast flowing water and submerged hazards that are very dangerous.  Never swim in or attempt to drive through floodwaters. Following a disaster, swimming pools should either be emptied or kept chlorinated to prevent the water quality from deteriorating.

Last changed: May 18 2017 at 11:06 AM

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