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Preparing for an Emergency

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Flood and Disaster Related Information

It is imperative that individuals with contaminated private wells and springs contact their local health departments for more information and assistance.

To aid those affected by disaster, the National Environmental Services Center (NESC), offers numerous free and low-cost products to help individuals and communities learn more about emergency preparedness, emergency response, and potential health effects of water contamination. These documents can be viewed and downloaded for free, or order a hard-copy by using the product number and calling the NESC toll-free at (800) 624-8301, e-mail info@mail.nesc.wvu.edu or fax to (304) 293-3161.

Hurricane Ike, floods, FEMA Photo
Sabine Pass, TX, September 14, 2008 --
A member of Indiana Task Force 1 walks through the streets looking for residents who need help following Hurricane Ike. Photo by Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

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Drinking Water Resources:

The product below is only available in hard copy.

To order hardcopy publications or for help with your water and wastewater needs, call the NESC toll-free at (800) 624-8301, e-mail info@mail.nesc.wvu.edu or fax to (304) 293-3161.

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Wastewater Resources:

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Training/Emergency Response Resources:

The items below are only available in hard copy.

To order hardcopy publications or for help with your water and wastewater needs, call the NESC toll-free at (800) 624-8301, e-mail info@mail.nesc.wvu.edu or fax to (304) 293-3161.

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Links to Federal Agency Help

The NESC also recommends the following information available from federal agencies:

1) What to Do after the Flood
http://www.epa.gov/safewater/privatewells/whatdo.html

This is an EPA guide to well and pump inspection and emergency disinfection of wells that have been flooded (with illustrated instructions), including PDF documents in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.  Drilled, driven, or bored wells are best disinfected by a well or pump contractor because it is difficult for the private owner to thoroughly disinfect these wells.

2) Septic Systems - What to Do after the Flood
http://www.epa.gov/safewater/faq/emergency_septic.html

Detailed information on septic systems that have been flooded, including PDF documents in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

3) Suggested Post-hurricane Activities for Water and Wastewater Facilities
http://www.epa.gov/safewater/hurricane/post-hurricane.htm

5) Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network Practice Guide
http://cfpub.epa.gov/safewater/watersecurity/home.cfm?program_id=8#maa

EPA has also developed a tabletop exercise facilitator guide to help Water/Wastewater Agency Response Networks (WARNs) practice and exercise their operational plans and procedures.  The guide includes instructions for planning, organizing, and conducting an exercise and includes sample materials, such as scenarios (flood, hurricane, and earthquake), discussion questions, and presentation slides.

6) Natural Disasters and Weather Emergencies - Flooding
http://www.epa.gov/naturalevents/flooding.html

EPA presents emergency flood information for drinking water, food, mold, children, older adults, water and wastewater facilities, private wells, and septic systems.

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