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Fact Sheet for Flood Victims

Tetanus Shots

Tetanus shots are needed when you have a deep, dirty wound and have not had a tetanus shot in five (5) years. If you have a clean, minor wound, you should receive a tetanus booster if it has been 10 years since your last one. Please go to your local health department for help with this. You are NOT at risk for tetanus just because you have been in or around flood water.

Financial Help

Once a federal disaster is declared, you may be eligible for an individual assistance grant from FEMA or a low-interest loan from the Small Business Administration if you have lost property because of flooding. Phone numbers for these agencies will be announced by newspaper, TV, and radio. Assistance from counties and cities is separate from FEMA help.

Food Stamps

Please call the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Helpline to replace your lost or damaged Mountain State Card for food stamps.



Get rid of as much standing water as possible. When outside, wear light-weight, long-sleeved shirts and pants. You may also use insect repellent with DEET; follow product directions. Do not apply to face and hands, especially with children.

Flood Clean-Up

There is a lot of mold and mildew after floods, and they may trigger allergic reactions. To kill minor mold and mildew, follow these steps. Wash area with hot water and non-ammonia soap. Rinse with clean water. Mop or wipe area with household bleach solution and allow to dry for six hours. Do not mix bleach with anything but water. If this does not work, call 1-800-922-1255.

Boil Water

If you are in an area with a boil water advisory, boil water for five (5) minutes before drinking, cooking or washing dishes.


If using lime, wear gloves, a mask and long pants while applying. Wash hands and other exposed skin afterward. Do not mix lime with anything.


If you have questions about Medicaid, please contact your county DHHR office. Tell your doctor if you have lost your card, and you will receive care.

Contact your local Emergency Services Office or Health Department for more information.

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources June 2003