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Stay safe and healthy after storms, floods and cyclones

Staying safe during cleanup Photo by Hugh OBrien

Following the initial damage to property and infrastructure caused by storms, floods and cyclones, sickness and injury can still occur.

Water can become contaminated from the breakdown in amenities, such as power, sewerage and water supply. This can increase the risk of disease during clean up and recovery operations.

The main health risks in natural disaster areas include:

Follow these safety tips to stay safe and healthy during the clean-up and recovery.

Preparing to clean up

Before starting to clean up around your home or business ensure: the storm, flood or cyclones is over; it is safe to go outside; and any waters have receded.

Ensure you have a properly stocked first aid kit onsite and:

Using petrol powered generators or pumps

Carbon monoxide poisoning is a real risk for people in the vicinity of a petrol powered generator or pump if these are used in an enclosed area.

Make sure generators and pumps are situated in well ventilated areas preferably outside.

Working safely onsite

When working onsite, it is crucial that you maintain good personal hygiene.

Don't walk or wade through flood water, if you can avoid it

Wash your hands and keep wounds covered

Wash your hands with soap and water or a hand sanitiser after:

Protect your skin from cuts that could become infected

Watch out for snakes, spiders and mossies

Be careful of contaminated water and food


Further information

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Last Updated: 14 December 2015
Last Reviewed: 28 October 2013

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