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Health and Safety Guidance for Flood Recovery (PDF, 645 KB) The Department of Health Services issued a document compiling information about flood recovery. The information focuses on community respirator use, how to properly fit a N95 respirator, and a mold fact sheet and contractor list. (Updated March 22, 2011)

Vaccinations: Division of Public Health Memo of March 14, 2008, "Flood water exposure and implications for vaccinating adults" (PDF, 169 KB) This document provides the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about infectious diseases after flooding and vaccination usage. (July 23, 2010)

Creating a Healthy Home: A Field Guide for Clean-up of Flooded Homes (exit DHS; PDF, 2.67 MB). Developed by Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. and the National Center for Healthy Housing, 2008. This guide is meant for do-it-yourselfers and contractors who need to clean-up mold in flooded homes before starting to rebuild or renovate.

Storm Recovery Guide (PDF, 1000 KB) Developed by the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center. This guide provides information on staying healthy after disaster, surviving and recovering from a power outage, restoring storm-damaged buildings, salvaging water-damaged belongings, lawn and garden losses, financial recovery and risk management.

Arboviral Diseases information from Wisconsin DHS including mosquito transmitted diseases and control.

Sand Bag Disposal (PDF, 37 KB) information from Wisconsin DNR.

Managing Demolition Debris from Natural Disasters guide from Wisconsin DNR about how to handle waste materials.

Restaurants and Grocers Reopening After Hurricanes and Flooding advice from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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