Disaster Management Office of Disaster Management
The National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. organizes fund raising and other supportive activities to assist our brothers and sisters across the United States and all over the world in the face of natural and man-made disasters.
This page of the website is devoted to providing our visitors with information concerning our current efforts towards assisting victims of catastrophes. Use the links to the left or below to find out what we’re currently doing and how you can help.
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David L. Frazier, Sr., AL
Chairman Disaster Management
Warren D. Miller, MS
Co-Chairman Disaster Management
Cleaning up a Flood
Cleaning up After a Flood (download)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) advises the homeowner to take the following steps:
- Wear protective clothing. Rubber gloves and boots will help protect you from bacteria and possible infections.
- Avoid putting your hands near your face or mouth when working.
- Be sure the main power source to your home or business is turned off.
- Check for shifts in the house or building and cracks in the foundation.
- Open doors and windows to help dry out the rooms.
- Remove any standing water. Basements should be pumped out slowly, about one-third of the water each day. Water soaked grounds can cause a collapse of basement walls.
- Clean up mud, silt and other debris before they dry out.
- Hose down walls as quickly as possible and follow up with a second hosing with water containing bleach or a disinfectant. Disinfect surfaces, like shelves.
- Appliances that contain insulation cannot be easily cleaned. Have them checked by a service person before attempting to use.
- Remove all soaked materials and furnishings. Fully upholstered furnishings and mattresses cannot be cleaned and should be destroyed to avoid health problems.
- Carpets and rugs may be cleaned. Permanently attached carpeting should be removed before attempting to clean. Clean items out of doors or have them done professionally.
- Items like sheets, bedspreads, curtains and draperies should be washed with very hot water and detergents, or professionally dry-cleaned.
- Any flooded food items should be discarded unless they are in undamaged cans or commercially sealed glass jars. Sanitize the container before opening it.
- Sanitize pots, pans, utensils, dishes, glassware and other items you intend to keep.
“When cleaning up after a flood, we want residents to take the necessary precautions to ensure they are returning to a healthy indoor environment. They have suffered enough from the storms and floods.”