→During flooding, the greatest threat comes from moving water. The deeper the moving water, the greater the threat. People should avoid driving in moving water, regardless of the size of their vehicle, and should not attempt to walk through moving water, as there is no way of telling its depth.
→After a disaster, there are often areas that contain polluted water. This may range from untreated wastewater sewage to chemicals from industrial facilities. In all cases where potentially contaminated water is standing, contact with the water should be avoided. If contact with contaminated water occurs, shower or bathe as soon as possible, using antibacterial soap.
→If you are injured while in contact with polluted water, contact your physician regarding vaccinations that may be necessary to prevent infection.
→After the water has receded, the cleanup process may also create the risk of coming in contact with contaminated water. Take precautions to limit contact with these contaminants. Outside areas should be washed using a garden hose.
→Before entering your home, look outside for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, foundation cracks or other damage. If you smell gas or hear a hissing sound, leave immediately and call 911.
→Make sure your food and water is safe. Discard items that have come in contact with floodwater, including canned goods, water bottles, plastic utensils and baby bottle nipples. When in doubt, throw it out.
→Keep power off until an electrician has inspected your home for safety.
→Prevent mold by removing wet contents immediately. Wear gloves and boots to clean and disinfect. Wet items should be cleaned with a pine-oil cleanser and bleach, completely dried and monitored for several days for any fungal growth.
→If you use well water, make sure you take the proper steps to disinfect your well. For more information about disinfecting water wells, contact the state Department of Environmental Quality.
Sources: State Department of Environmental Quality, state Health Department, American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma City-County Health Department and FloodSmart.Gov.