Care should be taken when handling any materials from buildings that are damaged by flood water. Protective clothing and equipment should be worn to avoid skin contact and inhalation (wear mask or bandana) of disturbed material. All debris should be handled in a manner that will minimize exposure to any hazardous materials that could be present in the debris.
Those participating in clean-up activities should ensure they are up-to-date on all vaccinations, particularly tetanus. After a major flood, it is often difficult to maintain good hygiene during cleanup operations. To avoid waterborne disease, it is important to wash your hands with soap and clean, running water, especially before work breaks, meal breaks, and at the end of the work shift.