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Disaster Recovery

Post Disaster Housing Repair and Restoration

After the disaster, there are many things to consider. Is your home safe to enter? How do you save and clean up your possessions? How can I rebuild stronger and safer to protect myself and family from future disasters? Click here for helpful resources.

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  • Flourishes in moist environments in water-damaged homes.
  • Often appears as a fuzzy growth or a discoloration of surfaces, and mahy be accompanied by a musty, earthy odor or a foul stench.
  • Residents are advised to use care when cleaning up the mold
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  • When painted surfaces are disturbed or demolished, toxie lead dust can be created
  • Learn more about hiring lead-safe certified contractors
  • If contractors will disturb lead-based paint while renovating or painting, he or she must be trained in lead-safe work practices
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  • Most commonly found in insulation used in and around pipes, furnances, and boilers.
  • Can be found in a variety of floor and ceiling materials.
  • If unsure of the age of your home, assume it may contain asbestos.
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  • Local Authorities will tell you if tap water is OK to drink, cook with or bathe in.
  • If water is unsafe, follow directions from local authorities to safely disinfect the water.
  • In unable to boil water, use purifying tables to disinfect water.
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  • Prior to entering a building, check for structural damage, and make sure it is not in danger of collapsing.
  • Turn off any outside gas lines and let house air for several minutes to remove escaping gas and do nut use open flame as a light source; use a battery-opertated flashlight.
  • Wear protective clothing on legs, arms, feet and hands while cleaning up debris.
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HUD Helps NY after Hurrican Sandy video   lead free kids video
 HUD Employees Support Hurricane Sandy Recovery in New York   Lead Free Kids

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