Here are other important assistance links:
FDA-Food Safety & Power Outage:
The refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if it is
A full freezer will keep the temperature for approximately 48
hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.
For more details go to
EPA Flood Cleanup:
http://www.epa.gov/iaq/flood/ Here is a
downloadable PDF of the information.
FEMA- After A Flood-Safety Tips:
FEMA- Recovering From and Coping With Flood Damaged
http://www.fema.gov/hazard/flood/coping.shtm; The Emergency
Response and Salvage Wheels; Check For Hazards When Returning
Home; After a Flood: The First Steps; Removing Mold from Your
Home; Saving Family Treasures Guidelines.
CDC Responding to Hurricane Irene:
This site says that "data indicate[s] that people continue to be
exposed to carbon monoxide gas, an odorless, colorless gas that
can cause sudden illness and death if inhaled. When power
outages occur during emergencies such as hurricanes, the use of
alternative sources of fuel or electricity for cooling, heating,
or cooking can cause CO to build up in a home, garage, or camper
and to poison the people and animals inside."
NYS Homeland Security & Emergency Services -
view real time alerts; sign up to get alerts automatically:
NYSDOH- Public Health Duty Officer Helpline:
1-866-881-2809 (Use this number nights and weekends
for public health emergencies, including communicable disease
Food Safety Tips: Flooding that results from
a hurricane can result in food-borne illness. To help protect
against food-borne illnesses, discard any foods that may
be contaminated after a flood, including:
foods that have been thawed, if they have not been kept
refrigerated at 45 degrees F. or lower, or consumed immediately.
foods exposed to flood waters because of possible contamination.
that is packed in cardboard containers, screw top jars, or
foods when swelling, rusting or serious denting is visible.
Drinking Water Safety Tips:
a boil water advisory is issued for your community, bring the
water to a full rolling boil and maintain the full boil for at
least one minute. Any time your drinking water appears cloudy,
muddy, or even slightly discolored, it should not be used for
drinking or cooking until it is disinfected.
drinking water wells that have been flooded should be tested
before they are used. Contact your local health department for
information about residential well testing and disinfection. For
additional information on drinking water and private drinking
water wells, call DOH's Environmental Health information line at