Whether you are returning home after a disaster or are volunteering to help, there are some important things to think about and prepare for before heading to the site.
Floods can cause many kinds of damage and natural hazards that can pose serious safety risks, including the following: Mold is the most prominent damage following a flood, and worsens over time. Mold is a hazard to both people and property. It grows on almost any material that stays wet more than about two days. […]
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests that undamaged, commercially prepared foods in all-metal cans and “retort pouches” (like flexible, shelf-stable juice or seafood pouches) can be saved if you follow this procedure: Remove the labels, if they are the removable kind, since they can harbor dirt and bacteria. Brush or wipe away any dirt […]
After a flood… Do NOT eat any food that has come into contact with flood waters. Discard any food that is not in waterproof containers. Discard cardboard juice, milk, baby formula boxes and home canned foods if they have come into contact with flood waters. Inspect canned foods; discard any food in damaged cans. See […]
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) provides unemployment benefits for individuals who lost their jobs or self-employment or who are no longer working as a direct result of a major disaster for which a disaster assistance period is declared, and who applied but are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits. If you are eligible for regular benefits, […]