Extreme Weather Checklist
A variety of weather situations can have an impact of an outdoor event. Please consult this checklist to see if there are things you need to consider for your event to keep your attendees safe and healthy.
It is normal to feel anxious about you and your family.
Profound sadness, grief, and anger are normal reactions to an abnormal event.
Accepting help from community programs and resources is healthy.
If you feel like completely giving up and are having thoughts of suicide get help by phone at 301-662-2255 (Frederick County Hotline). If a phone is not available make contact with others and state your feelings.
Local disaster workers can assist you.
Keep as many elements of your normal routine as possible, including activities to calm children's fears.
Frederick County, MD citizens, dial 211 for additional information and resources.
Always wash hands with soap and clean water before eating, after clean up activities, handling articles contaminated by floodwater and bathroom use.
Assume that everything touched by flood waters has been contaminated and must be disinfected or thrown away. Remove and discard items that can’t be readily disinfected such as cutting boards, plastic utensils, baby bottles, pacifiers, mattresses, padded furniture, carpet and padding.
Food Safety - Preventing Food Borne Illnesses
Do not eat food that has come in contact with flood waters.
When power is out, thawed and refrigerated foods should be thrown out after 4 hours.
While the power is out, keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible.
Add block ice or dry ice to your refrigerator if the electricity is expected to be off longer than 4 hours. Wear heavy gloves when handling ice.
Tetanus is a serious, often fatal disease that is virtually 100% preventable with vaccination.
Tetanus is a potential health threat for persons who sustain wound injuries.
If you sustain a wound or deep cut, seek medical attention. A medical provider will determine if a tetanus booster is needed.
Individuals who have not had a cut or wound do not require tetanus vaccination regardless of their exposure to flood waters.
Exposure to Flood Waters
Flood waters are likely to contain sewage as well as gasoline, solvents and other chemicals.
Avoid contact with flood waters if at all possible.
Individuals exposed to flood waters should take a bath or shower with clean water and soap.
Clean clothing and other belongings by laundering.
If you have open cuts exposed to flood water, wash with soap and disinfected water and apply antibiotic ointment. If redness, swelling or drainage of the wound occurs, see a physician.
Walls, floors, and other hard surfaces should be cleaned with soap; and disinfected with a solution of 1 cup of bleach to 4 gallons of water.
Surfaces that may come in contact with food should be carefully disinfected with a bleach solution.
Wash all linens and clothing in hot water and detergent or dry clean them.
Discard contaminated articles that cannot be washed properly.
Never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners. Mixing bleach with ammonia products will produce dangerous, toxic fumes.
Wash hands with soap and water. Use water that has been boiled for 1 minute, allow the water to cool.
You may use water that has been disinfected for personal hygiene with 1/8 teaspoon of household bleach per 1 gallon of water. Let stand for 30 minutes.
If soap and water are not available for hand washing, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer with at least 70% ethanol.
Molds can cause disease, or trigger allergic reactions. Failure to control moisture and mold can present short and long term health risks.
If mold growth has already occurred, carefully remove or clean the moldy material. Persistent mold growth may require professional removal.
Individuals with known mold allergies or asthma should not clean or remove moldy materials.
When cleaning open windows and doors to provide plenty of fresh air.
Carry a list of all prescription and over the counter medications you are currently taking . This list should include:
Any allergies to medications or food
Name and dosage of current medications (prescription and over the counter)
You may be unable to obtain help from a pharmacy or doctor for some time after a disaster.
You should keep at least a 3 to 7 day supply of prescription medications available in the event of an emergency. This emergency supply can be kept with all of your medications in a box or bag that can be taken with you quickly.
Know the weight and allergies of your children. This information may be important if your children need medications.