A severe flood can cause tremendous emotional pain, physical hardship, and economic loss. For many flood vicims, it seems like there's no hope. Yet staying calm is key toward recovering from this natural disaster. Once the initial shock has worn off, it's time to assess the damage. Often it’s not as bad as you think. Here's what to do.
If anyone is hurt: Get medical help for anyone who is injured. Be aware that floodwaters are often contaminated. Frequent washing of hands or any other exposed areas will help reduce the risk of infection. If you are bitten by any animal, seek immediate medical attention. Protect yourself from mosquitos with insect repellent.