Health Concerns in the Aftermath of Sandy

Top concerns are:

·        Cold weather safety and hypothermia

·        Carbon monoxide poisoning

·        Flood waters in buildings

·        Clean drinking water

·        Healthy living in shelters

·        Prescription Drugs

·        Clean-up precautions

·        Mental health issues

·        Health and safety for responders and volunteers

COLD WEATHER SAFETY AND HYPOTHERMIA

 ·        Hypothermia http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/hypothermia.html.  Also in Spanish.

·        Winter Weather Emergencies http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/winterweatheremergencies.html.  Also in Spanish.

·        Winter Weather Emergencies – Multiple Languages [Page title “Weight Loss Surgery” will be corrected.] http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/languages/winterweatheremergencies.html

 

CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING

·        Carbon Monoxide Poisoning http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/carbonmonoxidepoisoning.html. Also in Spanish.

·        Carbon Monoxide Poisoning – Multiple Languages http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/languages/carbonmonoxidepoisoning.html

FLOOD WATERS IN BUILDINGS

 ·        Floods http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/floods.html.  Also in Spanish.

·        Floods – Multiple Languages http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/languages/floods.html

·        Floods http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/floods.html. Some resources in Spanish.

CLEAN DRINKING WATER

·        Private wells:  What to do after the flood http://water.epa.gov/drink/info/well/whatdo.cfm. Also in Spanish and Vietnamese.

·        Boil water advisories (Sandy-affected states that are not listed do not currently have advisories.)

o   Connecticut: Public Drinking Water Systems Under Boil Water Advisory http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3115&q=513298

o   New Jersey: Water Systems Subject to a Boil Water Advisory http://www.nj.gov/dep/special/hurricane-sandy/boil_water.htm

o   New York: Drinking Water Advisories Following Hurricane Sandy http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/water/drinking/boilwater/sandy/index.htm

HEALTHY LIVING IN SHELTERS

·        Food and Water Safety and Hand Hygiene Resources http://www.emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/handhygiene.asp.  Also in Spanish, Vietnamese, French, and Haitian Creole.

·        Infection Control Guidance for Community Evacuation Centers Following Disasters http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/commshelters.asp

·        Personal Hygiene and Handwashing After a Disaster or Emergency http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/sanitation.asp.  Also in Spanish.

·        Clean Hands Save Lives:  Emergency Situations http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/handhygienefacts.asp.  Also in Chinese, Spanish, French, Haitian Creole and  Vietnamese.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS:  REPLACING AND FILLING PRESCRIPTIONS

·        Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP) http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/planning/epap/Pages/default.aspx

·        Safe Drug Use After a Natural Disaster http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/EmergencyPreparedness/ucm085200.htm. Also in Spanish.

CLEAN-UP PRECAUTIONS

·        Disaster Recovery and Environmental Health http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/disasterrecovery.html. Some resources in Spanish.

MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

·        Coping with Disasters http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/copingwithdisasters.html.  Also in Spanish.

·        Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 http://disasterdistress.samhsa.gov/.  Also in Spanish.

HEALTH AND SAFETY FOR RESPONDERS AND VOLUNTEERS

·        Floods – Worker and Responder Safety http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/floods.html#a3

·        Hurricanes – Worker and Responder Safety:  http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/hurricane.html#a3

·        Hurricane Sandy Response and Recovery 2012 – Safety Information for Responders and Clinicians:  http://phe.gov/emergency/events/Pages/sandy-midatlantic-2012.aspx#responders

Thank you to Cindy Love for the terrific information.

Submitted by Cindy Love

Disaster Information Management Research Center

Specialized Information Services Division

National Library of Medicine

National Institutes of Health

 

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