Flooding Information for Health Professionals

DHS Recommendations

Wisconsin Flood Toolkit P-00631 (PDF, 2.4 MB) The Department of Health Services created this comprehensive toolkit for local governments, local health departments, and citizens in Wisconsin to help them prepare for and respond to flood events. It is one in a series of different weather-related emergency toolkits that provide background information, practical guidance, strategies, media releases, talking points, definitions, and additional reference materials. For a list of all toolkits developed, see the Climate and Health Program page. (Updated March 2014)

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 (PDF,  2.7 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,  1.0 MB)  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.

Human Services Information

State Directory of County Human Services, Social Services and Community Programs 

Directory of County Aging and Tribal Units/Departments 

FoodShare Wisconsin. A state program that helps low-income families and individuals to buy nutritious food. 

The Emergency Food Assistance Program. A federal program that provides food commodities to distribution sites (food pantries). 

Recovering from the Emotional Aftermath of a Disaster (PDF,  66 KB)  This brochure can be locally personalized with contact information for a local resource.

Aging and Disabilities Resource Centers. Provides information on programs and services, helps people understand various long-term care options, helps people apply for programs and benefits, and serves as the access point for publicly funded long-term care. 

Language Resources

Minnesota Department of Health. Includes many videos, fact sheets and websites on flooding topics in several languages.

EPA Spanish Language Portal including: 

FEMA Spanish Language Portal

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Floods

Red Cross information in other languages
Includes Arabic, Chinese, French, Haitian-Creole, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

Government Agencies

State Agencies

ReadyWisconsin. Website to educate the public on how to prepare for and respond to disasters and emergencies.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Tips to minimize damage on your property, how to clean up property, and other flood-related information.

Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM). Current flood situation in Wisconsin. 

Federal Agencies

FEMA Disaster Assistance

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Last Revised: April 6, 2015