With a lot of the East Coast experiencing flooding, I thought I’d post some flood cleanup guidelines from AgriSafe. I was able to see a presentation on flood recovery at the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH) conference over the summer, and the information from AgriSafe covers the same information as the presentation. There are so many things to consider before attempting to clean up after a flood. Flood water is almost always contaminated with sewage and animal waste, plus farm chemicals might also be part of the mix. Debris including broken glass, wood splinters, mud, metal, etc can make it extremely dangerous to enter the water. It also only takes a day or two for potentially toxic mold to start growing on wet surfaces. Clearing debris is hard work that can easily cause injury or exhaustion. Damage to structures and electrical systems can put clean up crews at risk for electric shock or even building collapse. In short, before you attempt to clean up, thoroughly research what the hazards might be and take precautions before you start work. The information on the AgriSafe network is a good source for general information. Also, don’t hesitate to call in the experts. Many FEMA and local disaster recovery groups are able to provide protective equipment and expert advice for individual cleanup projects, so if you find yourself dealing with a flood be sure to check for local resources too.
Click on the link below to see AgriSafe’s flood cleanup guides and checklists: