Thousands of people across Mississippi have evacuated their homes to get away from the disastrous flood waters. While it'll take weeks for waters to recede, many of you may already be thinking about ways to start cleaning up the mess at home.
When you're able to make it back home, make sure to wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes. That'll help to prevent getting cut or scratched with debris.
You'll also want to throw out any items that have come in touch with flood water. That includes, food, medicine, cosmetics and bottled water.
Additionally, get a tetanus shot if you haven't had one in more than ten years. Also, if you receive water from a private well, make sure to have the well water inspected, disinfected and sampled.
And last, but not least, if you are bitten by a snake, call 911 immediately. You're advised not to cut, suck or apply ice to the bite. Instead you should lie down flat and keep the infected area at the level of the rest of the body.
For more information go to the Mississippi State Department of Health's website at www.HealthyMS.com/flood.
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