As our Extension system prepares to field calls regarding flood assistance, safety and drinking water, please know that there are many resources available to assist our state’s residents that you may find helpful.
Disaster Assessment Forms and Factsheets: Damage Assessment Report Form For Animals/Agriculture Issues In Natural Disasters
eXtension has a wealth of information from safety precautions, drying out your home and salvaging agricultural buildings:
Alabama Extension has an Emergency Handbook (which can be accessed on the iBookStore with videos) at http://www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/A/ACES-2168/; there is a section on recovery with a break down by audience/user. The fact sheets pulled from this handbook are bulleted below. NCSU also has a Dealing with Floods series of webpages, including salvaging appliances, buildings, manure management, and moisture issues.
Information on filing an insurance claim and safety bullets:
A Financial Toolkit is also attached which guides a user on what to document, receipts to save and best practices to recover financial losses due to disasters.
Boil Water Advisory guidance from DHEC and safe drinking water:
Keep in mind that water quality tests may take up to 24 hours, so water may not be announced as potable until after flooding dissipates. Many water systems post this on their websites and Facebook pages and should be the first place to check if a boil water advisory is in place. Please see also the EPA's Private Well fact sheet attached for those not on municipal water supply, but questioning their water’s safety and how to disinfect their well.
As the state recovers, please remember that contact with flood waters should be avoided as much as possible by residents. Flood waters can be a mix of pollutants, including wastewater overflows. “Popped manholes” that are sighted should be reported to the local Public Works departments as soon as sighted, as these are overflowing wastewater (or combined wastewater+stormwater) lines and a potential threat to public health.
In a conversation with DHEC, much of the prolonged issues from this past weekend’s rainfall accumulation will continue to be failing dams. This is a very big safety concern right now for our state’s residents; 911 should be called if a resident believes a dam will fail or has lost its structural integrity.
A good rule of thumb from NCSU’s Flooding website: 6” of moving water can knock a person off of their feet, 2’ of moving water will sweep a vehicle.
"What to Do After the Flood"
"Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit"
This toolkit is a joint project of University of Minnesota Extension and North Dakota State University Extension Service.
From Mississippi State University Extension Service:
From the Alabama Cooperative Extension System: