Extensive rainfall has resulted in flooding in many parts of Texas:
- Never drive into flooded roadways. Half of all flood-related deaths are caused when people drive into flooded roadways. Check road conditions before driving.
- Avoid contact with floodwater. It may contain bacteria, hazardous chemicals and dangerous debris.
- Never eat foods that have touched flood water. Even canned goods could become contaminated. Drinking water may not be available or safe to drink. Learn more about food and water safety during floods.
Many Texans do not have electricity or running water:
- Do not run electrical generators inside your home. Carbon monoxide can build up and kill. Read more about carbon monoxide and generators.
- Listen for announcements about the safety of public drinking water. Follow “boil water” alerts that may be issued.
- If electricity has been off, refrigerated food may have spoiled. Discard any food that has been at room temperature for more than two hours or that has an unusual odor or color.
- Babies on formula should be given ready-to-feed formula or powdered formula prepared with bottled water.
- Learn more about food and water safety during power outages.
It is normal to experience different and strong emotions during and after a disaster:
Source: Texas Department of State Health Services: http://www.dshs.texas.gov