Simple, basic hygiene - handwashing - is the single most important thing you can do to protect your health when you clean up after a flood.
Be sure to wash your hands:
What if there's no running water?
What if the water is contaminated?
If the water is suspect, add a tablespoon of bleach to each gallon of water before you wash your hands with it.
Food and Beverage Container Salvage
You must generally discard anything in soft packaging or screw-top glass bottles that may have been in contact with flood water. You can sometimes save commercially canned goods or rigid plastic containers depending on condition of container.
To salvage canned goods:
Destroy canned goods if:
Salvage rigid plastic containers only if:
Salvage beverage containers only if they meet the above requirements for food salvage and do not have a "twist cap" or do not have a cork sealed with foil or wax such as wine bottles
The new label must be complete including:
Cavities in walls, floors and ceilings must be opened, cleaned, decontaminated and thoroughly dried.
Thoroughly clean and sanitize all equipment if it can be salvaged using a detergent and a sanitizing solution of 1/4 cup of bleach per gallon of water.
Warning: Manufacturers recommend caution when restarting equipment with electrical components.