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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

Additional Resources for Families




PEHSU Resources 


  1. Hubal, E. A. C., de Wet, T., Du Toit, L., Firestone, M. P., Ruchirawat, M., van Engelen, J., & Vickers, C. (2014). Identifying important life stages for monitoring and assessing risks from exposures to environmental contaminants: results of a World Health Organization review. Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, 69(1), 113-124.
  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.

This webpage was supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and funded (in part) by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC/ATSDR). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the PEHSUs by providing partial funding to CDC/ATSDR through an Inter-Agency Agreement. The findings and conclusions presented have not been formally disseminated by CDC/ATSDR or 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. 

Last updated August 23, 2021