Flood & Storm Clean-up Information

Cleaning up after an extreme weather event can be hazardous work.  Below are some resources to help you stay safe and healthy during the flooding and clean-up both at home and on the job.  Safety must remain a priority, especially in emergency situations.  Each employer is responsible for the safety and health of its workers and for providing a safe and healthful workplace.  Employers are required to protect workers from the anticipated hazards associated with the flood response and recovery operations that workers are likely to conduct.

Use This Information To Help Safely Respond To A Severe Weather Event

Information for CSEA members responding to flood affected areas

Working in and Cleaning Up Flooded Buildings

NIEHS Hurricane Sandy Response Page

Protecting Yourself While Helping Others

Protecting Yourself While Removing Post-Disaster Debris from Your Home and Business

OSHA’s Winter Storm Page

OSHA’s Flood Response Page

OSHA’s Hurricane Preparedness and Response Page

Diesel hazards fact sheet (Mt Sinai)

Blood exposure during clean-up (NYCOSH)

Flood health hazards from sewage (NYCOSH)

Hurricane Sandy Clean up Hazards (NYCOSH)

Emergency Response and Preparedness Floods Page; US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Protect Your Property or Business from Disaster Page; US Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA)

A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home: What to Wear When Cleaning Moldy Areas; US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings; US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

American Red Cross Disaster Relief Page

The 2-1-1 hotline is available to help many New Yorkers find information and resources for hurricane relief efforts, to find 2-1-1 service by county (Please note: 2-1-1 is not available in all counties).