Post-hurricane safety

We know that many of you have been substantially impacted by Hurricane Florence, and many others will be involved in the recovery.  The conditions following a major hurricane pose many risks.  The following is a list of some of the major risks posed in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence and how you can reduce the chance of harm:

  • Infections:  Flood waters are a slew of toxic materials and biologic pathogens.  Avoid if at all possible, or use properly fitting waders.  Make sure your tetanus is up to date (within 10 years).  Flu shots for the current season are now available, make sure you get yours ASAP!
  • Personal protection: Protect yourself from the sun and biblical-levels of mosquito infestation by using sunscreen and DEET-containing insect repellent.  
  • Personal Injury: Whether it's moving a large limb or moving flood-damaged furniture, you may be tempted to bite off more than you can chew.  Get help with that heavy load; hurting yourself will only hamper your ability to help yourself or others.
  • Chainsaw safety:  If you have a new relationship with a chainsaw, please take caution.  Ensure all guards are in place---the designs of these are written in the blood of others.  Read the safety advisories.  Wear proper protective equipment including hearing, face, and eye protection.  And if you have never been instructed on proper use, then think twice, these things are dangerous!
  • Stress:  The stress many of us are experiencing can have negative effects on mental and physical wellbeing.  Stress weakens the immune system and can exacerbate chronic conditions.  Remember to lean on your support system and take moments to rest and reflect.
  • Take care of yourself:  It's easy in times like these to let your self-care lapse.  That might work for a little while, but don't let it catch up with you.  Chronic and acute conditions still exist and need proper care.  Watch your medication supply and make sure you are planning ahead for refills.  You can't take care others if you don't take care of yourself!


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