Floods

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a helpful resource for homeowners anticipating or recovering from a flooding event. Learn how to protect yourself and your family from floodwaters in English and Español.

A Field Guide for Flooded Home Cleanup

Between October 2005 and March 2006, Enterprise Community Partners, NeighborWorks America, and NCHH, teamed with Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans to investigate how to safely and affordably decontaminate flooded homes in the Gulf Coast region following hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The resulting guide, Creating a Healthy Home: A Field Guide for Clean-Up of Flooded Homes, was published in 2006 and has been used to assist in virtually every U.S. hurricane season since.

With the support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Environmental Health Association, NCHH and Enterprise updated the guide in 2019 to reflect current best practices across a variety of housing types. A new Spanish-language edition, Guía práctica para la limpieza del hogar inundado, was published as well.

A Field Guide for Flooded Home Cleanup
Guía práctica para la limpieza del hogar inundado

Flood Guide Resources

The following resources were referenced in A Field Guide for Flooded Home Cleanup, published jointly by NCHH and Enterprise Community Partners. For your convenience, we’ve included links to them here:

En Español: Se hicieron referencias a los siguientes recursos en la versión en español de Una guía de campo para la limpieza de casas inundadas, publicada conjuntamente por NCHH y Enterprise Community Partners. Hemos incluido enlaces a ellos aquí. (The following resources were referenced in the Spanish-language version of A Field Guide for Flooded Home Cleanup, published jointly by NCHH and Enterprise Community Partners. We’ve included links to them here.)

Flood Guide Links

The following page links appeared in the flood guide as well:

Flood Guide Online Training

In 2020, NCHH released e-learning training modules for safe home cleanup after floods, drawing from the practices described in A Field Guide for Flooded Home Cleanup. Access the modules here.