Texas Cooperative Extension has free info available on what to do before, during and after a flood. Find it on the Texas Extension Disaster Education Network site, texashelp.tamu.edu. Included are flood preparation, cleaning flood-damaged homes, emergency food and water supplies, the national flood insurance program and post-flooding safety precautions. Information on floods may be found under the "Hot Topics" section of the site's home page.

The site also contains a link to the free "Preparing for the Unexpected" booklet, which provides details on what steps to take in advance of a natural disaster or other emergency situation. The booklet is also available in Spanish.

More information on flooding preparation and recovery can be found under the "Disasters & Emergencies" link at the Extension Bookstore, tcebookstore.org. This site contains free printable materials on topics including flood-recovery safety tips, controlling mold, basic first aid, caring for important papers and post-disaster considerations for older adults.

"The first thing people affected by a flood need to do is emphasize safety when returning to their home or business," says Janie Harris, Extension housing and environment specialist. "They need to be aware of possible structural or electrical damage and possible damage to gas lines. They also need to be aware of possible contamination from flood water and what they can do to reduce that risk."
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