Illinois Department of Public Health Provides Flood Safety Guidance
Food, water, safety, and cleaning information
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D., is urging residents in and around flooded areas to take precautions to help prevent disease and stay safe.
"Flood waters can contaminate food, water, house appliances, and just about anything it touches," said Director Shah. "To avoid illness it is important for people whose homes have been affected by flooding to make sure their water is safe to drink, to know if food needs to be thrown out, and to clean all items touched by flood waters properly."
Flood water and sewer overflows can contain bacteria, fecal...
Stay Safe Around Flood Waters
More Heavy Rain Expected this Week Raises Flood Concerns
SPRINGFIELD – With more heavy rains expected to fall later this week on already saturated ground, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today urged Illinois residents to stay safe around flood waters.
In addition, IEMA today conducted a...
A consumer's Guide to Food Safety after severe storms & hurricanes
Food Safety During An Emergency
Did you know that a flood, fire, national disaster, or the loss of power from high winds, snow, or ice could jeopardize the safety of your food? Knowing how to determine if food is safe and how to keep food safe will help minimize the potential loss of food and reduce the risk of foodborne illness. This Consumer’s Guide (click for pdf) from the USDA will help you make the right decisions for keeping your family safe during an emergency.
Free Arsenic and Nitrate Screening
The Central Regional Groundwater Committee is offering free arsenic and nitrate screenings at the Tazewell County Health Department, located at 21306 Illinois Route 9 in Tremont. Private well water samples will be accepted June 15th - 18th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. People living on city water cannot participate.
Well water samples need to be at least a quarter cup (50mL) of water in a clean container. The container can be...
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