Floodwater Health and Safety Tips

TULSA, OK  [May 30, 2019] – The Tulsa Health Department reminds residents of the dangers of floodwater and standing floodwater, along with important safety tips for reentering flooded properties.

“Everyone should avoid contact with floodwater,” said THD Executive Director Dr. Bruce Dart. “It’s extremely dangerous to be near moving floodwater, and standing water can be just as bad. It puts you at risk for infectious diseases, chemical hazards and injuries. Do not allow children to play in the floodwater.”

The Tulsa Health Department immunization clinics are currently offering 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

For more health and safety information including tips on food safety during a power outage, instructions for food establishment owners in affected areas, and important information for returning home after a disaster please visit www.tulsa-health.org/flood-safety

Tulsa Health Department
Since its establishment in 1950, the Tulsa Health Department serves as the primary public health agency to more than 600,000 Tulsa County residents, including 13 municipalities and four unincorporated areas. The agency is one of two autonomous local health departments in Oklahoma, with statutory public health jurisdiction throughout Tulsa County and the City of Tulsa. THD’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of all Tulsa County residents, in order to make Tulsa County the healthiest county in the country. THD was among the first health departments in the U.S. to receive national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board. For more information, please visit www.tulsa-health.org.