Natural disasters like hurricanes can cause widespread flooding and damage to property and infrastructure. Cleanup and recovery activities involve exposure to hazardous conditions including contaminated floodwater, downed electrical power lines, mold, tree-trimming and debris removal operations, power generators and carbon monoxide, construction activities, and unsanitary working and living conditions.
Workers, homeowners, and volunteers engaged in cleanup and recovery should become aware of these hazards and the proper precautions they can take to protect themselves and others. Below are a number links to websites providing information and guidance for people involved in natural disaster response. You should review these websites prior to traveling to or assisting with recovery or cleanup activities in an area impacted by a hurricane or flood.
Natural Disaster Response Resources
American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Texas Department of Insurance (TDI)