August 23, 2016
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Hurricane Preparedness (cont.)

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How do I perform first aid for injuries?

First aid is extremely important when someone is exposed to waters potentially contaminated with human, animal, or toxic wastes.

  • If you live in a hurricane-prone area, take a community-based first aid course, such as those offered by the American Red Cross.
  • If you are injured, contact a physician if possible to determine the necessary type of treatment (for example, need for tetanus shot).
  • Immediately clean out all open wounds and cuts with soap and clean water.
  • Apply an antibiotic ointment to wounds and cuts if available to discourage infection. Take care to assure the affected individual is not allergic to the compound.
  • If a wound develops redness, swelling, or drainage, seek immediate medical attention.
  • If you are not sure what to do for yourself or someone else, seek help immediately.

How can I prevent injuries after a hurricane?

When the wind and waters recede, people in the areas affected by a hurricane will continue to face a number of hazards associated with cleanup activities. Follow these guidelines to prevent injury.

Prevent fatigue-related injuries

Long hours of work, combined with exhaustion, can create a highly stressful situation during cleanup. People working on hurricane and flood cleanup can reduce their risks of injury and illness in several ways:

  • Set priorities for cleanup tasks and pace the work. Avoid physical exhaustion.
  • Resume a normal sleep schedule as quickly as possible.
  • Be alert to emotional exhaustion or strain. Consult family members, friends, or professionals for emotional support.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/24/2016


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