NC State Extension

Recovery Factsheets

Recovering after a disaster can be very trying. These factsheets have been prepared to help people dealing with a disaster begin the process of recovery safely.

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Returning Home After a Disaster

This publication offers tips to people returning to their homes and communities after evacuation during an emergency or disaster.

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Priorities for Cleanup & Repair

This publication offers a list of steps to take for cleanup and repair of your home following a disaster or emergency.

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How to Salvage Flood-Damaged Appliances

This publication covers items to consider when trying to salvage flood-damaged appliances.

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Choosing a Contractor

This publication offers tips on choosing a contractor for home repairs after an emergency or disaster.

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Washing and Sanitizing Kitchen Items

This factsheet offers instructions for cleaning and sanitizing kitchen dishes, utensils, and cooking implements after a flood.

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Kitchen Cleanup After the Flood

This publication covers steps to take to clean up your kitchen after a disaster or emergency.

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Safe Food After a Flood

This factsheet offers information on how to deal with food that may have come into contact with floodwaters.

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Eliminating Odors From Your Refrigerator

This publication offers tips to rid your refrigerator of odors after an extended loss of power due to an emergency or disaster.

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Meal Preparation and Food Safety After a Power Failure

After a power failure, you might not have heat, refrigeration, or water. This publication explains how to safely prepare food when you have no power.

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When the Power Is Out - When to Save Refrigerated Food and When to Throw It Out

This factsheet offers information on which refrigerated foods to discard when the power is out for an extended period.

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When the Power Is Out - When to Refreeze Frozen Food and When to Throw It Out

This factsheet offers information on which frozen foods can be safely refrozen after an extended power outage.

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Cleaning Flooded Upholstered Furniture, Curtains, Bedding, Table Linens and Other Household Textiles

This publication covers important information about cleaning household textiles after a flood.

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Handling and Cleaning up Damaged Pesticide Containers at Home

This publication offers guidelines if a recent storm resulted in water damage to a pesticide container in your home.

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Water-Damaged Carpets and Rugs

This publication offers general guidelines for cleaning or replacing flood-damaged carpets and rugs.

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Flood-Damaged Furniture

This publication discusses how to possibly restore furniture, including antiques, damaged by floodwaters.

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Reconditioning Flood-Damaged Farm Equipment

This publication offers information how to recondition farm equipment that has been submerged in floodwaters.

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Reconditioning Flood-Damaged Tractors

This publication offers information on how to clean and recondition tractors that have been submerged in floodwaters.

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Managing Storm and Disaster Damage in Landscapes and Nurseries

This publication is a compilation of ideas from a few specialists based on research, reports in the landscape, experience, and intuition on how to manage storm and disaster damage in …

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Livestock and Poultry Buildings After the Flood

This publication offers a checklist for farmers to ensure the safety and security of poultry and livestock, as well as the buildings that house them, after a flood or other …

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Avoiding Tobacco Curing Losses Due to Electrical Failures

This publication for tobacco growers describes steps that can be taken to avoid or minimize tobacco curing losses due to an electrical outage.

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Dealing with Potential Moisture Problems After a Flood

This publication covers potential moisture problems in attics, crawl spaces and walls after a flood or other disaster.

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Controlling Damage in Pesticide Storage Facilities on the Farm

This publication for farmers covers the guidelines to deal with pesticide storage facilities that may have been damaged by a flood or other disaster.

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Dealing With Snakes After a Storm

This publication offers tips to deal with snakes, both indoors and outdoors, during the recovery process of a flood or disaster with strewn debris.

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Heat Stress Disorders

This publication offers safety tips and first aid procedures to prevent and treat heat stress disorders that may occur during clean-up after a hurricane or other disaster.