Special Edition: Resources after a flood

Image of rat swimming in water

As they learned during Hurricane Sandy, rats can swim and drown. Be aware of both and remember to protect yourself as well.

During the recovery effort after a flood there are many pests that everyone needs to think about. Not just pests but there are several health aspects everyone needs to consider. This special edition of School Pest News is full of resources for you to use at work and home.

Remember there are a variety to consider over the next few weeks as you clean up after Hurricane Harvey. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has an enormous amount of information on cleaning  up safely after a disaster that I wanted to share with you.

Worker Protection After a Flood 

Flood Water After a Disaster or Emergency

Protect Yourself from Animal- and Insect-Related Hazards After a Disaster

Rodent Control After a Disaster

Rodent pest proofing fact sheet from City of New Orleans

The CDC also offers these two online courses to help you and others with your response

Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response (EHTER) https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehs/elearn/ehter.htm

Vector Control for Environmental Health Professionals (VCEHP) http://lms.southcentralpartnership.org/vcehp.php

Texas rat snake held in man's hand

Most Texas snakes, like this Texas rat snake (Elaphe obsoleta), are not venomous and try to avoid people. (AgriLife Extension)

Finally, snakes are a real issue as well in Texas.  Dr. Maureen Frank, Assistant Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension developed this fact sheet on Snake and Flooding to help all of us out.

Snakes and Flooding


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