|Contact: Kelly Nettnin|
|For Immediate Release:
Public Health Advisories
The Dare County Department of Public Health is issuing public health advisories prior to Hurricane Sandy. In order to protect your health, it is important that you follow these public health guidelines:
If Flooding Occurs:
- Avoid contact with flood water which may contain fecal material from overflowing sewage systems and other hidden hazards such as debris.
- Do not walk in or play in flooded areas especially in bare feet or flimsy footwear. You may be at risk for possible infection or injury from flood waters. If you do come into contact with flood water, wash exposed skin thoroughly with soap and safe water.
- Do not allow children to play in flood water areas, wash children's hands frequently, and do not allow children to play with flood-water contaminated toys that have not been disinfected.
If Food Becomes Exposed to Flood Waters:
- Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with flood water.
- Discard any food that is not in a waterproof container if there is any chance that it has come into contact with flood water.
If Power Loss Occurs:
- Refrigerators will keep foods appropriately cold for about 4 hours without power if it is unopened.
- Do not open freezers until you plan to use or discard the contents; as stated above, most freezers will keep food safe for 24 to 48 hours if left closed.
- Discard any food that has an unusual odor, color or texture.
If you rely on a Private Well:
If you have a Septic System:
If your home is Flooded:
For more detailed information, please visit http://www.darenc.com/health/newspubs.asp or contact the Dare County Department of Public Health at 475-5003 or 475-5080.