This document addresses approaches to cleaning up residences flooded after a hurricane or other weather event. It is based on a literature search conducted using PubMed, Science Direct, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report search engines, and the files of the co-authors.
The report considers:
- the types of illnesses associated with flooding
- the effectiveness, selection, use and hazards of biocides for cleaning and decontaminating surfaces affected by the presence of microorganisms and their biofilms
- available guidance documents that provide recommendations for cleaning up after floods, hurricanes and related events
- Flood-Related Cleaning Draft Report (PDF)(60 pp, 373 K)