Helpful Disaster Preparedness Info From EPA

EPA has created a special website http://www.epa.gov/naturalevents/general.html to provide general information for communities, homeowners, and schools on what to do and what to watch out for if a disaster strikes.

For example, for individuals and families, the link includes reminders to be aware of the potential for carbon monoxide poisoning if you have to rely on a generator because of a power outage.  It also contains suggestions for items that should be included in a personal emergency supply kit – food, water, and prescription medications – and maybe some things you might not have considered like…travelers checks or cash, copies of insurance policies, and matches in a waterproof container.  Tips on how to make sure that your well or septic system is back in proper running order after a flood; how to manage mold; and steps for safely cleaning a flood-damaged home are also highlighted.

For communities, the webpage offers information on mold cleanup in schools and commercial buildings, post event debris removal, and links to additional information on pesticides, chemical and oil spills, and hazardous waste removal.

More specific information on types of disasters – drought, extreme heat, hurricanes, wildfires, and tornadoes – is also available as clickable links on this page.

ASDWA suggests that you share this information with your water systems and communities.  With hurricanes brewing in the Atlantic, wildfires in the West, and continuing drought throughout much of the nation, it never hurts to remind your colleagues and their customers about helpful planning options.  The webpage is easy to understand and contains a range of thoughtful suggestions to be better prepared should an emergency occur.

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