WV Department of Health and Human Resources
Fact Sheet for Flood Victims
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
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.
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.
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
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
If you have questions about Medicaid, please contact your
county DHHR office. Tell your doctor if you have lost your card, and you will
Contact your local Emergency Services Office or Health
Department for more information.
Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources – June 2003