Flood Hazards

Persons entering areas and buildings subject to flooding face a variety of potential hazards, including but not limited to electrical hazards, structural hazards, displaced wildlife, exposure to chemicals and sewage in contaminated floodwater, and mold growth from water-impacted building materials. First and foremost, life safety issues, such as avoiding electrical shock and carbon monoxide poisoning, must be considered before any clean-up or response is initiated. 

General guidance on some of these hazards is provided in the resources identified for the home-  and business owner. However, AIHA strongly recommends that clean-up of hazardous materials be performed or overseen by professionals knowledgable of both the hazards and the methods to protect occupants and the environment.