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What can I do to prevent illness after a hurricane or other natural disaster?


Often the most vulnerable time during a natural disaster comes after the event has occurred. To protect yourself and your loved ones, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you begin with a plan to recover that takes into account each of the following disease prevention activities:

  1. Protect yourself from animal- and insect-related hazards
  2. Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning
  3. Clean up safely after flooding
  4. Keep your food and drinking water safe
  5. Prevent the spread of infectious diseases
  6. Make sure immunizations are up-to-date
  7. Protect your mental health
  8. Prevent temperature-related illnesses
  9. Prevent or treat wounds
  10. Don’t forget to care for on-going health conditions


Last Updated: 04/03/2008