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Advice for Saving Damaged Family Treasures is from Heritage Preservation, The National Insitute for Conservation.

Other resources found here were gathered in past flood seasons (calendar years).

Resource requests and responses for the current season are shown on the
Current Requests page.

Preparing homes for long-term inundation 

As the Corps announced unprecedented release of water from dams on the Missouri river, delegates in Iowa and Missouri asked for help finding resources on preparing a home for long term flooding besides removing contents, such as, open or close doors, how to store items in attics, safety for propane tanks, etc. An email was sent to delegates June 3. A subsequent request for similar information in Spanish yielded no returns, so "Preparing a Home that will be Flooded" was translated by ACES' current Spanish-language translation service provider, under the eXtension project. 

Replies to the request:

From Becky Koch and Ken Hellevang (ND)

Preparing a Home that will be Flooded 

Cómo preparar una casa para una inundación [SPANISH translation of "Preparing a Home....   MSWord file, as received from ACES  
PDF with NDSU indicia/logo:

Dealing with Continuing Basement Seepage

From Nat Tablante (MD)  Links to pages of the British Columbia Provencial Emergency Program. Original links are no longer working, but additional resources of interest can be found at this link: .

Flood Proofing your Home
Protecting your Family and your Home against Flooding
Is your Family Prepared? (Canadian Government Preparedness Website)

Howard VanDijk (SC-Retired, now with FEMA) reminded us of a couple of farm prep sections in the Florida IFAS "Disaster Handbook - Chapter 9"

Preparing to Evacuate your Farm (Section 9.9)
Pesticide Storage Concerns during a Flood - Prevention and Emergency Response
(Section 9.10)

Sherry Nelson (MO) recommended this fact sheet for the detail it provides about securing propane tanks.

Reducing the Impact of Flooding – Propane Tanks  (Missouri DNR)


Chlorine Bleach - Mold Removal 

In a discussion that included inputs from eleven delegates representing six states, it was found that there is variation among our state extension resources on the amount of bleach to be used when removing flood-induced mold, but all were essentially consistent with EPA guidelines. The EDEN Mold page is extensive, and the point of contact for that page - Ken Hellavang (ND) – wound up our discussion with a summary, from which the following salient points are derived:

  • The EPA does not list using chlorine bleach or any biocide for mold removal. Part of the reason for that recommendation is that mold must be physically removed to eliminate the health hazard of mold. The other is that there is a hazard associated with using any biocide including bleach.
  • However, flood cleanup includes removal of bacteria and other biological materials in addition to mold. Therefore, for flood cleanup, the recommendation continues to be to use chlorine bleach or other approved biocide on non-porous and semi-porous materials AFTER the material has been thoroughly cleaned. Chlorine is inactivated by organic material so unless the surface is clean, the bleach will not properly disinfect/sanitize the surface.
  • Chlorine bleach is a registered product that carries a label identifying how to use the product and the application for which it has been approved. Clorox bleach for example indicates that the concentration for their product is ¾ cup of bleach per gallon of water, that enough of the solution needs to be applied to keep the surface wet for at least five minutes, the surface should be rinsed and dried. (The label is the law for a biocide.) 

In the discussion a relatively new HUD publication was brought to our attention by Howard Van Dijk (SC-Retired) - Rehabbing Flooded Houses: A Guide for Builders and ContractorsRehabbing Flooded Houses is a guidebook for professional builders and contractors rehabbing flooded single-family houses. Homes flood for a variety of reasons (overflowing rivers, high coastal waves, hurricanes, etc.) but the methods for determining how badly the building has been damaged and how to repair it are relatively similar no matter where you are working. The emphasis in this guidebook is on safe practices and the most important activities in the rehab process. This guidebook is bilingual in English and Spanish.

The discussed veered into the related issue of moisture content and other treatments of wall studs, and how to minimize future mold and rot problems.

Several members of the EDEN/Flood CoP were together for an eXtension meeting this week and will be developing new materials based on these discussions.

Discussants not named above included Bev Maltsberger, Frank Wideman, Sherry Nelson, BJ Eavy and Bob Schultheise (all from Missouri), Shirley Niemeyer (NE), Becky Koch (ND), and Pat Skinner (LA), with Virginia Morgan (VA), Linda Fischer (IA) and Bill Hoffman (USDA-NIFA) monitoring.


Mosquito  and Anthrax Problems 

News item volunteered by Bev Maltsberger (MO) - disease vectors or Just vexing?

Flooding, mosquitoes and West Nile virus: What You Need to Know  

News item volunteered by ML Peter (KS) - Flooding and Anthrax

K-State Veterinarian Encourages Livestock Producers to Watch for Signs of Anthrax After Flooding

and this NDSU Anthrax Fact Sheet  (S Kenyon)


Collected for the 2011 Tornadoes and Floods 

The resources below were featured in 2011 for areas recovering and rebuilding from the spring tornados and first wave of flood destruction along the Missouri, Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Most have been added to the EDEN Catalog and may appear on other EDEN pages. 

  • Storm Recovery Guide: A 32-page booklet with the combined content of about 30 fact sheets (Louisiana). Missouri also picked up Navigating the Post-Disaster Mortgage Issues (PDF) and Keeping Food and Water Safe Before, During and After a Disaster.
  • Exercising in the Heat: Includes tips for avoiding heat illness (Missouri)
  • Recovery after Disaster: Family Financial Toolkit: discusses strategies and provides tools that can help you move along the road towards financial recovery. (Minnesota)
  • Disaster Recovery Resource Fairs: A Disaster Recovery Resource Fair is a local, one-stop shop for disaster victims to access multiple assistance programs at one location. Holding Disaster Recovery Resource Fairs in the affected community can help reduce many barriers people may encounter as they attempt to access disaster assistance programs and services. (Minnesota)
  • Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) Guidance Manual This document (PDF) was written to help all community organizations and individuals understand how collaborative efforts can prepare communities for disaster. The main goals of these collaborations are to help communities avoid some disasters and recover from other unavoidable disasters. (Indiana adapted from/with Missouri).
  • Rebuilding Resources: an extensive web site developed for recovery from mass devastation (Katrina and Rita in south Louisiana). From getting started (recovery, getting your finances in order, thinking about what you want to do), to building codes and permits, and hazard-resistance, energy efficiency and indoor air quality in designing, rebuilding and repairing homes. Connects with the Louisiana House Resource Center and Family Resource Management, Food and Nutrition, engineering, pest control and lawn and landscape programs.

EDEN has two preparedness courses that could be useful in this pre-melt period:

Family Preparedness: An instructor-lead program Extension educators and others can use to teach families and individuals how to make family disaster kits, develop a family disaster plan, and be informed about and prepared for various disasters.

Ready Business: Developing a Business Continuity and Disaster Preparedness Plan for Your Business. Designed for land-grant university specialists, Cooperative Extension Service educators/agents, business leaders and others to teach small- and medium-sized business owners and managers how to prepare for disasters

For farm and agribusiness prepardness, check out the Purdue publication:

Plan Today for Tomorrow's Flood: A Flood Response Plan for Agricultural Retailers provides information about planning for a flood.

An online version of the magnet that accompanies this publication is available at

First Steps to Flood Recovery (Purdue Extension)

Talking About Disaster: Guide for Standard Messages - Floods/Flash Floods (Red Cross)

Hearing Impaired: Flood Cleanup Information - The modules are presented via video in international sign language and cover - from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

  1. Dangers after a Flood
  2. Tips about Food after a Flood
  3. Wounds and Floodwater
  4. General Flood Cleanup

Mold - EDEN Topic Page - Provides information and resources on the prevention, cleanup, and health effects of mold.

For a detailed look at reducing damage to homes exposed to shallow flooding (less than 3 feet), take a look at this collection provided by the LSU AgCenter:

Preventing Flood Damage: Information includes performance-level fact sheets and over and over 80 minutes of videos on permanent and temporary measures that can prevent or reduce damage from rising water. Note that the information is developed for Louisiana climate, soil conditions and typical flood characteristics, and thus may not be transferable directly to other states. However the basic principles involved would apply.


Last Updated:9/16/2013 11:36 AM

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