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Click a topic below to learn more about preventing injuries in the days after a disaster, or see the links at the bottom of the page for more resources in other languages.
For further guidance, see Emergency Wound Care After a Natural Disaster.
Metal debris and other sharp objects can sometimes lead to deep cuts. Keep an eye out for them to avoid getting cut. Deep cuts can sometimes lead to a serious illness called tetanus. To protect yourself against this illness, make sure you're up-to-date on your Tdap booster. It will protect you against tetanus and whooping cough too.
Tetanus, commonly called lockjaw, is a bacterial disease that affects the nervous system. Due to widespread immunizations, tetanus is now a rare disease. Tetanus occurs more often in older people and in agricultural workers where contact with animal manure is more likely and immunization is inadequate. Tetanus is contracted through a wound which becomes contaminated with the organism. It is not transmitted from person to person. Childhood immunization is recommended.
For further guidance, see Preventing Chain Saw Injuries During Tree Removal After a Hurricane.
For further guidance, see How to Protect Yourself and Others from Electrical Hazards Following a Natural Disaster.
For information about possible dangers posed by chemicals, see the Chemical Emergencies information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). For information about possible dangers posed by pollution from large farms and agricultural facilities, see the CDC Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) website.
When standing or working in water which is cooler than 75 degrees F (24 degrees C):
Prevent heat–related illness:
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