How to Stay Healthy After a Hurricane

Hello Ladies!

If you're like me, you spent the last week glued to the TV as Hurricane Florence made her way towards the Carolina coast.

And now that the storm has passed, it's time to start thinking about picking up the pieces and getting back to normal life. But before you do, there are a few things you need to know about staying healthy in the aftermath of a hurricane.

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1. Drink plenty of water. This one seems like a no-brainer, but it's important to stay hydrated after a hurricane.

When your power is out and the tap water isn't safe to drink, stock up on bottled water or fill up clean jugs with water from a natural source like a river or stream. And if you have to ration your water, be sure to prioritize drinking water over bathing or cleaning.

2. Watch out for mold. Mold can start growing within 48 hours of flooding, so be on the lookout for any signs of it in your home.

If you see mold growing on walls, ceilings, or floors, open windows and doors to air out the room, and clean surfaces with a solution of one cup bleach per gallon of water.

3. Be careful what you eat. Foodborne illness is a real concern after hurricanes and floods.

Throw out any food that has come into contact with floodwater, and be sure to cook meat and poultry thoroughly before eating it. And if you're in doubt about whether something is safe to eat, err on the side of caution and throw it out. It's better to be hungry than sick!

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4. Protect yourself from mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can carry diseases like Zika virus and West Nile virus, so it's important to take steps to avoid them after a hurricane.

Wear long sleeves and pants when you go outside, use mosquito repellent, and empty standing water around your home where mosquitoes can lay their eggs.

Hurricane season may be over for this year, but that doesn't mean we can let our guard down when it comes to staying healthy in the aftermath of a major storm. So remember: drink plenty of water, watch out for mold, be careful what you eat, and protect yourself from mosquitoes. And if you have any other tips for staying healthy after a hurricane, be sure to share them in the comments! Until Next Time!...XOXO 🍁🧡🍂

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