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Flooding Aftermath & Children's Health

A Resource for Families

Hurricanes, flooding, and other extreme weather events are becoming more common and more severe due to climate change. In the aftermath of these disasters, there are special considerations when caring for infants, children, and adolescents. Families are encouraged to read the guidance below to help prevent or reduce exposure to contaminants caused by flooding and/or to guide discussions with their pediatrician or regional Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) staff.

PEHSU Factsheet: Flooding Aftermath

 Key Points posted on Aug 23, 2021
 How should I cleanup after a flood? posted on Aug 23, 2021
 How should mold be cleaned? posted on Aug 23, 2021
 Can I use a portable generator? posted on Aug 23, 2021
 What if the drinking water is contaminated? posted on Aug 23, 2021
 What if items in the household are contaminated? posted on Aug 23, 2021
 Other Flood Topics posted on Aug 23, 2021

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To download this page as a fact sheet in Spanish, click here.

PEHSU Region 6 Flooding Videos (Part 1 & 2)


Additional Resources for Families




PEHSU Resources 


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  2. Zirschky, J. (1996). Take-home toxin pathway. Journal of Environmental Engineering, 122(5), 430-436.
  3. Sattler, B., & Davis, A. D. B. (2008). Nurses' role in children's environmental health protection. Pediatric nursing, 34(4), 329.

The Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs) are supported by cooperative agreement FAIN: NU61TS000296 with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC/ATSDR). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also provides support through Inter-Agency Agreement DW-75-95877701 with CDC/ATSDR. The American Academy of Pediatrics supports the PEHSUs as the National Program Office. The content on this website has not been formally disseminated by CDC/ATSDR or the EPA and should not be construed to represent any agency determination or policy. Use of trade names that may be mentioned is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the CDC/ATSDR or EPA.

The information contained on this website should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your/your child’s primary care provider. There may be variations in treatment that your provider may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.

Last updated August 23, 2021