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Floods & Storms: Flooded home

If your home was flooded

First Steps to Flood Recovery ImageGo to the "Floods & Storms" section on the secondary navigation above and you will find a pull-down menu that gives immediate access to resources from Purdue Extension and other places across the country.

Preview what's inside our popular First Steps to Flood Recovery booklet. Click on the tab for each section to see all the flood recovery information in this comprehensive guide.

These booklets are also available in packages of 25 from If you would like information on custom versions or large-order discounts, call us at 1-888-398-4636.

If you need an eBook version of this publication (for smart phone or tablet), you may download it FREE!

Plus, we encourage you to review these First Steps to Flood Recovery videos that cover all the information found in the booklet.

Video Resources

First Steps and Introduction

This introduction (1:19) gives you the first four steps to flood recovery and introduces the videos below.

Recovering from a flood can be overwhelming. Purdue Extension has resources to help. The first, basic steps to recovery start with:

  1. Account for your family and help others around you.
  2. Assess property damage using safety precautions.
  3. Take care of yourself by eating, sleeping, get plenty of fluids and make sure your tetanus shot is up-to-date. Make sure your family is doing the same.
  4. Once you are ready, give your home first aid.

Stay safe and healthy when you re-enter your home

This is a 3:32 minute video which offers tips to protect you and your family when you return to your home. Ron Clark, Indiana State Department of Health, explains proper gear to wear to protect you from molds that may lurk in your flooded home.

Clean and salvage your home and reduce mold

This is a 7:20 minute video where Purdue flood-mold experts show and tell basic ways to clean your home, restore furniture, and reduce the chance of mold.
Note: So they could talk to you, this was videotaped in a safe environment where the experts didn't need to wear respirators.

Notice! Suggestions on the amount of bleach to use varies by type of flood. Please consult your local health department to know their recommendations for use of bleach.

Also, for more information on moisture meters, please
view the video from North Dakota State University.

Considering hiring a professional to clean your home?

Dan Wilnau and Anthony Steinke of Flood Control spoke with us about what steps they take to reclaim a home. This 6 minute video gives you information to consider before hiring a contractor.

Other Resources

Flood Information for Agricultural Retailers

Plan Today for Tomorrows FloodPlan Today for Tomorrow's Flood
Here's information for the agricultural community to plan for and respond to a flood. Be prepared!

When Floods Threaten MagnetWhen Floods Threaten Magnet
This handy magnet provides a quick list of steps agricultural retailers should take when floods threaten their facilities. It is a companion piece to Purdue Extension publication PPP-87, Plan Today For Tomorrow's Flood: A Flood Response Plan for Agricultural Retailers.