Reducing Pesticide Risk After a Disaster
Floods, earthquakes, fires, hurricanes, and tornadoes can result in chemical releases and the development of mold in wet building materials.
Consider these options when cleaning up after a disaster:
- Report pesticide spills, hazardous waste, and chemical and oil spills to the National Response Center at 800-424-8802.
- Limit contact with flood waters that may contain hazardous waste.
- Place markers or signs where you know chemicals have been released.
- Contact your local authorities if you know about damaged or unusable pesticides.
- Remove standing water and dry indoor areas to control moisture and mold.
- Disinfect drinking water by boiling it for at least 1 minute. Disinfection removes bacteria, not necessarily chemicals. Read more about options for disinfecting water.
- Decontaminate well water before using it for bathing, cleaning, or drinking.
- Put your community disaster plan in place. Salvaging, reusing, and recycling disaster debris can be one of the most effective ways of clean up.
If you have questions about this, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated September 24, 2021