Hurricane Irene: Important Health Information
For the latest on Hurricane Irene, visit the State of Connecticut Hurricane Irene Website: ct.gov/irene
After a storm, water from public water supplies and private wells may not be safe to drink. Water that is dark, has an odor, or has floating pieces should NOT be used. Listen to the news or your water company to know if your water’s safe. For more information on public drinking water systems go to www.ct.gov/dph/publicdrinkingwater.
Private wells may be contaminated and should be disinfected before use. Call the DPH Environmental Health Section at (860) 509-7296 to determine if your well water is safe. For more information on how to disinfect your private well go to www.ct.gov/dph/privatewells.
To disinfect water, use ONE of the following methods:
- Boil at a rolling boil for one minute. Make sure water is clear of floating pieces before boiling; OR,
- Add 8 drops of liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of clear water or 16 drops per gallon for cloudy water. Do NOT use bleach that has perfumes or ingredients other than sodium hypochlorite as it may be toxic; OR,
- Add water purification tablets according to directions on the package.
Mix completely and let water stand 30 minutes before using.
Flooding can contaminate your well, making your water unsafe. Information on what to do if your well is contaminated.
Food may spoil if there is a loss of electricity. Information on what to do with food before, during, and after a storm.
Even though widespread outbreaks of infectious disease after floods are not common in the United States, it is still important to protect your health.
Power Outages and Carbon Monoxide
Gasoline-powered generators release carbon monoxide (CO) which can be deadly. If your power goes out and you are using a gasoline-powered generator for energy, be sure that the generator is installed safely and far from your home. Never use your generator indoors or in an enclosed area, like a garage.
Hurricane Information (CDC)
Information for Healthcare Facilities
Content Last Modified on 8/22/2012 11:58:47 AM