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:
- Account for your family and help others around you.
- Assess property damage using safety precautions.
- 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.
- 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.
Flood Information for Agricultural Retailers
Plan 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 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.