Flood Safety

Stay out of floodwater!

  • Floodwaters contain many things that may harm health. 
  • Wash your hands after contact with floodwater. Also be sure to wash children’s hands with soap and water often and always before meals.
  • Do not allow children to play in floodwater areas.
  • Do not allow children to play with toys that have been contaminated by floodwater and have not been disinfected.

 

Don’t drive in flooded areas — turn around, don’t drown!

  • Floodwater can pose a drowning risk for everyone— regardless of their ability to swim. Swiftly moving shallow water can be deadly, and even shallow standing water can be dangerous for small children.
  • Always follow warnings about flooded roads.
  • Don’t drive in flooded areas—cars or other vehicles won’t protect you from floodwaters. They can be swept away or may stall in moving water.

 

Food and Water Safety During Power Outages and Floods

Click here for a fact sheet about the proper food safety precautions to take before, during, and after a power outage — and being prepared to safely handle food and water in the event that flooding occurs.

 

Tetanus Shots

Beginning Tuesday, May 28, all Tulsa Health Department immunization clinics will offer tetanus shots at no cost to anyone affected by the weather events in Tulsa County. Visit www.tulsa-health.org/vaccines or call 918-582-9355 for hours and locations. You are protected if you have received a tetanus shot in the last 10 years, unless your wound is severe. Anyone who receives a puncture wound or a wound contaminated with dirt, feces, or saliva should have a medical provider determine whether a tetanus booster is necessary based on individual records. Contact your health care provider or the Tulsa Health Department for recommendations. 

THD and the Oklahoma Caring Foundation’s Caring Van will provide tetanus shots at no cost at the following locations. Bring your immunization records if you have them. 

Friday, May 31
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
OSU Tulsa – Parking Lot D
700 N. Greenwood Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74106
City of Tulsa employees only

Friday, May 31
2 – 5 p.m.
Riverbend Manufactured Home Community
13315 S. 79th E. Ave.
Bixby, OK 74008
Free and open to public

Friday, May 31
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Jenks City Hall
211 N. Elm
Jenks, OK
City of Jenks responders only 

Saturday, June 1
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Town and Country Area of Sand Springs
145th West Avenue & Highway 51
Free and open to public, area residents and clean-up volunteers

Thursday, June 6
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Nienhius Community Center
3201 N. 9th St.
Broken Arrow, OK
City of Broken Arrow employees only

Saturday, June 8
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Case Community Park
2500 S River City Rd, Sand Springs
Free and open to public

 

Reentering Your Flooded Home

When returning to a home that’s been flooded after natural disasters such as tornadoes, and floods, be aware that your house may be contaminated with mold or sewage, which can cause health risks for your family. Click here for a fact sheet with steps you take to safely reenter your home. Additional resources:

 

For Food Establishment Operators

If flooding has occurred at your establishment notify your Food Protection Service Inspector or contact Food Protection Services main line at 918-595-4300.

Flood water can contain pathogens that could become a source of contamination on food, packaging materials, equipment, linens, single service/use items, environmental surfaces, cleaning tools, employee and/or customer shoes and clothing. Limiting contamination from flood water requires control of affected areas and preventing contact of flood water with equipment, people, food and packaging.  

When flood water impacts the facility and cannot be isolated or contained, it is imperative that food establishments discontinue operations.

Flood Water Clean-Up

All equipment, utensils and environmental surfaces in contact with flood water must be cleaned and disinfected prior to being used or placed back into use and service. 

Follow the disinfectant use instructions listed on the Environmental Protection Agency registered label, or the procedure approved by THD Food Protection Services inspector. [Note: Disinfectants identified by the food establishment for use during vomiting and diarrheal events (e.g. norovirus) would be suitable for these situations or use chlorine solutions at 1000 to 5000 parts per million (5–25 tablespoons of household bleach [5.25%] per gallon of water.]

The following clean-up procedures are recommended following a flood event:

  1. Sort the salvageable from the non-salvageable foods. Determine what equipment, utensils, linens, and single service items can be salvaged as quickly as possible.
  2. Properly dispose of the non-salvageable items.
  3. Segregate hazardous waste from non-hazardous material before disposal.
  4. Dispose and replace cleaning equipment or tools that cannot be decontaminated after use for flood clean-up activities.
  5. Check with the food inspector, local building inspectors, OSHA or other authorities to determine if all safety codes have been met prior to building entry and occupancy.

Food Salvage Assessment

Flood waters may carry debris, sewage, oil, chemical waste and other contaminants that can make water-damaged foods unsafe to eat. Discard any food or food packaging materials that have come into contact with flood water. Food items in soft packaging or with screw-top lids must be destroyed. In some cases canned goods in metal cans or rigid plastic containers can be saved. The condition of the can or container should be evaluated since the presence of rust, soil, or other contaminants or destroyed labeling precludes salvage. Contact Food Protection Services or your inspector directly concerning the salvaging and destruction of food.

 

Flood Safety