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Disaster Sanitation

Disasters can take many different shapes, both natural and unnatural.  Natural disasters, such as a flood, can affect your food and water supply, indoor air quality (mold), and lead to disease transmission.

To help protect your health in a disaster, we are providing links on this page to documents about protecting your food and water, well and septic system, cleanup after a disaster, and other disaster related environmental health topics.

The Grafton Taylor County Health Department hopes that you don't ever need this information, but the best way to make it through a disaster is to be prepared for it.

Environmental Health inspects emergency shelters when they are needed for a disaster.

The Grafton Taylor County Health Department also has a Threat Preparedness Page with additional information about how the Health Department suggests preparing for, and responding to, different types of emergency events.

Please contact 911 if you are in need of immediate medical attention, experiencing a fire or are in a life threatening situation during a natural disaster.


Personal Food and Water Protection Links:                                                           

What to Do after the Flood: Wells - EPA       

SG-80 Disinfecting the Water Supply            

SG-81 Disinfecting Small Quantities of Water                                                          

SG-82 Residential Food Safety

Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency - USDA


   Disaster Clean-up:    

 Flood Clean-up and the Air in Your Home - EPA

DisasterAssistance.gov - FEMA


Retail Food Protection:

SG-83 Retail Food Safety

Food Defense and Emergency Response for Retail Food - FDA


Protecting Yourself and Your Environment:

What to Do after the Flood: Septic Systems - EPA

SG-84 F2 Flood Waters and Tetanus

Contamination in Outdoor Flooded Areas - CDC


Disaster Preparedness:

Natural Disasters and Severe Weather - CDC

Disaster Resource Center - USDA

FEMA Preparedness Portal - FEMA

WV DHHR Disaster Resource Information