CDC Emergency Partners - Stay Safe After a Disaster

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Emergency Partners Newsletter


October 17, 2017 


The information below can also help those faced with recovering in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, IrmaMaria, and Nate.

Updated Key Messages

Key Message cover page, October 14

Use these key messages, available in English and Spanish, to share important safety information with your readers, as well as your friends and family. Feel free to copy and paste the information, links, and images into your newsletters, emails, and social media posts.

These key messages were updated October 14, 2017. Updates are in bold blue font. This week's key messages include additional messages about:

  • leptospirosis,
  • water safety, and
  • worker safety.


    Stop Germs, Stay Healthy

    Pot of boiling water with advice to boil for 1 minute to make it safe to drink


    Eating or drinking anything contaminated by flood water can cause diarrheal disease (such as E. coli or Salmonella infection). To protect yourself and your family:

    • Practice good hygiene (handwashing with soap and water) after contact with flood waters. If your tap water is not safe to use, wash your hands with soap and water that has been boiled or disinfected.
    • Do not allow children to play in flood water areas.
    • Wash children’s hands with soap and clean water frequently (always before meals).
    • Do not allow children to play with toys that have been contaminated by flood water and have not been disinfected. For information on disinfecting certain nonporous toys, visit CDC Healthy Water’s Cleaning and Sanitizing with Bleach section.

    Bathing or showering after a water-related emergency should only be done with clean, safe water. Sometimes water that is not safe to drink can be used for bathing, but be careful not to swallow any water or get it in your eyes. Do not bathe in water that may be contaminated with sewage or toxic chemicals. This includes rivers, streams, or lakes that are contaminated by flood water.

    Work Safely - Guidance for Recovery Workers and Volunteers

    Front cover of NIOSH Key Messages

    Emergency response and recovery workers and volunteers face many kinds of dangers. Knowing what kinds of hazards you'll face and steps you can take to work safely helps you be a more effective responder. Read this guidance from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health about how to work safely and avoid hazards such as carbon monoxide, mold, and heat stress.