Building in previously flooded areas
RV Care-A-Vanners will be increasingly involved in rebuilding projects subsequent to Natural Disasters. These types of builds require some special safety precautions to be aware of.
Flooding can cause the disruption of water purification and sewage disposal systems, overflowing of toxic waste sites, and dislodgement of chemicals previously stored above ground. These contaminants cause sickness in workers and others who come in contact with contaminated floodwater.
Most cases of sickness associated with flood conditions are brought about by ingesting contaminated food or water. Tetanus, however, can be acquired from contaminated soil or water entering broken areas of the skin, such as cuts, abrasions, or puncture wounds.
Pools of standing or stagnant water become breeding grounds for mosquitoes, increasing the risk of encephalitis, West Nile Virus or other mosquito-borne diseases.
- Avoid waterborne disease, wash your hands with soap and clean, running water, especially before work breaks, meal breaks, and at the end of the work shift.
- Don’t assume that any water in flooded or surrounding areas is safe unless the local or state authorities have specifically declared it to be safe.
- Decrease the risk of mosquito and other insect bites by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and by using insect repellants.
- Wash your hands with soap and water. If the water source has not been declared safe it must be boiled or disinfected before preparing or eating foods, after using the bathroom, after participating in flood cleanup activities, and after handling articles contaminated by flood waters.
These precautions should be considered and evaluated based on your particular build situation.