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PDF Version of DQA 11-009  (PDF, 56 KB)

Date: March 31, 2011  -- DQA Memo 11-009
To: Adult Day Care ADC 01
Adult Family Homes AFH 03
Ambulatory Surgery Centers ASC 02
Certified Mental Health and AODA Programs CMHA 02
Clinical Lab Improvement Amendments CLIA 01
Community Based Residential Facilities CBRF 04
End Stage Renal Dialysis Units ESRD 02
Facilities for the Developmentally Disabled FDD 02
Home Health Agencies HHA 01
Hospices HSPCE 02
Hospitals HOSP 03
Nursing Homes NH 05
Outpatient Rehabilitation Facilities OPT/SP 01
Personal Care Providers PCP 01
Residential Care Apartment Complexes RCAC 02
Rural Health Clinics RHC 01
From: Alfred C. Johnson, Director
Bureau of Technology, Licensing & Education

Otis Woods, Administrator
Division of Quality Assurance

Emergency Preparedness Flood Preparation and Response

The purpose of this memo is to share online emergency preparedness resources developed by the Department of Health Services regarding flood preparation and response.

As we approach spring, we are reminded with the melting of snow and the current weather conditions that there is a risk of flooding. According to NOAA's National Weather Service flooding causes more damage in the United States than any other severe weather related event, an average of $5 billion a year. In 2005, inland flooding from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita caused an extraordinary loss of life and property damage.

Being prepared for a flood can not only help keep your patients, residents, consumers and employees safe, it can also help minimize potential flood damage and reduce the costs of recovery.

Are you prepared to respond to the dangers of floods? The Department of Health Services has published the following resources to help you prepare and respond to a flood.

Flooding Health & Safety Tips

Water Safety

Disinfecting the Well and Water System

Reentering your home after utility service interruption


General Disaster Health and Safety Tips (Which includes Links to FEMA, Wisconsin Emergency Management, and National Weather Service)

Evacuation of Healthcare Facilities

Local Public Health Department listing

For more information, contact your Local Public Health Department


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Last Updated: November 14, 2013