No one set of guidelines fit each Coloradan’s circumstances.
So here are some general things to consider, plus I’ve included some links below that may help fit your situation to a “T.” After each paragraph, remember to check the links for detail.
Major concerns include what has been hit by flood waters and/or mud. In this case you need to assume everything is contaminated. That means floors, countertops, furniture, basically everything inside of a structure may have been contaminated by germs.
How about outside? Same goes here. Lawn furniture, playsets, sheds … all need cleaning.
Back inside — mold. Odds are it’s already started to grow. It won’t be bad early on, but open windows and masks may still be a good idea at this point — and a must later.
Food. If you lost your power for 2 hours or more, consider all refrigerated items dead. As for pantry foods, only canned goods may be salvageable, but much be cleaned correctly. (see below)
Clothes you wear while cleaning — thorough washing and don’t re-wear if possible.
Your garden – in most cases – inedible and un-trustable.
Other major points:
Make sure you’ve had a tetanus shot within the past 5-10 years.
Wear gloves. Long pants and shirts. Firm shoes.
Clean even minor wounds well. Clean even un-injured skin well.
Most cleanup injuries and diseases:
Cuts. Slip and falls. Diarrhea. Dehydration. Carbon monoxide poisoning. The list is really longer — you just can’t let your guard down now that the sun is peaking through.
It’s been a tough time but we will make it by helping each other out. We always do. That’s Colorado.
Here are the links for more info:
Colorado Floods: How To Help
The recent floods are impacting families and communities throughout Colorado, so CBS4 has compiled a list of ways you can support the local communities impacted by the floods.