Stay Safe and Healthy After Hurricane Harvey

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Emergency Partners Newsletter


September 1, 2017 

Hurricane Harvey has affected many lives and caused severe damage in the United States. Please share the following information with those who may find it useful.

Returning Home After the Storm

homeowners guide

Be sure to wait to return home until authorities say it is safe to do so. Returning to your home after the storm can present a whole new set of dangers, including downed power lines, flooded roads, and the difficult work of cleaning up. When returning to a home that’s been flooded after natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods, be aware that your house may be contaminated with mold or sewage, which can cause health risks for your family.

Click the image or here to review the "Homeowner's and Renter's Guide to Mold Cleanup After Disasters". 

Additional resources about returning home after a disaster can be found here:

Reentering your flooded home

Flood water after a disaster

Clean up safely after a disaster


Turn Around, Don't Drown®

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It takes just 12 inches of flowing water to carry off a small car and 18 to 24 inches for larger vehicles. Over half of all flood-related drownings happen when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. People underestimate the force and power of water. If you see a flooded road, turn around, don't drown!

Stay Safe and Healthy

It’s important to remember that the danger isn’t over when the storm ends. Get tips for how to keep your family safe after a hurricane.


Keep food and water safe

Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

Prevent illness and injury

Use Generators Safely to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas. Generator use is a major cause of carbon monoxide poisoning. Generators should only be used in well ventilated areas because carbon monoxide can build up indoors and poison people and animals who breathe it.

Click the image or here to read tips on how to use your generators safely to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

Protect Yourself & Loved Ones

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Be prepared to cope with feelings of fear, grief and depression after Hurricane Harvey.

The Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, year-round crisis counseling and support. Call 1-800-985-5990 (TTY for deaf/hearing impaired: 1-800-846-8517) or text TalkWithUs to 66746.

Click the links below to see how you can prepare and plan in order to protect those you love during emergencies.

Contact Us


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Rd, Mail stop D-75
Atlanta, GA 30333


Contact CDC-INFO

800-CDC-INFO    (800-232-4636)    TTY: 888-232-6348

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