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Date:8/26/2011

e, and bottled water is not available, then use the directions in the next bullet to purify it.
  • Boiling water will kill most types of disease-causing organisms that may be present. If the water is cloudy, filter it through clean cloths or allow it to settle and draw off the clear water for boiling. Boil the water for one minute, let it cool and store it in clean containers with covers.
  • For more information, see Food Safety for Consumers Returning Home After a Hurricane and/or Flooding

  • Pets

    • If you have to leave your home, take your pet with you if at all possible. You are the best person to take care of your pet.
    • Pets should be contained in a carrier or on a leash.
    • Emergencies can make pets display unexpected or uncharacteristic behaviors. It may take several weeks before your pet's behavior is back to normal.
    • Allow your pet plenty of time to rest and get used to new surroundings. Provide familiar toys, if possible.
    • For more information see Taking Care of Pets During a Disaster or Emergency

    Drugs Exposed to Water

    • For lifesaving drugs exposed to water, when replacements may not be readily available, if the container is contaminated but the contents appear unaffected –if the pills are dry—the pills may be used until a replacement can be obtained. However, if the pill is wet it is contaminated and should be discarded.
    • Other drug products (pills, oral liquids, drugs for injections, inhalers, skin medications)—even those in their original containers—should be discarded if they have come into contact with flood or contaminated water. In the ideal setting, capsules, tablets, and liquids in
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