For more information, contact your local animal shelter or services, a veterinarian, or the Humane Society for advice on dealing with pets or stray or wild animals after an emergency.
Rain and flooding in a hurricane area may lead to an increase in numbers of mosquitoes, which can carry diseases such as West Nile virus or dengue fever. In most cases, the mosquitoes will be pests but will not carry communicable diseases. Local, state, and federal public health authorities will be actively working to control the spread of any mosquito-borne diseases.
To protect yourself from mosquitoes, use screens on dwellings; wear long pants, socks, and long-sleeved shirts; and use insect repellents that contain DEET or Picaridin. Follow directions on the product label and take care when using DEET on small children.
To help control mosquito populations, drain all standing water left outdoors in open containers, such as flower pots, tires, pet dishes, or buckets.
Prevent Contact With Rodents
Remove food sources, water, and items that can provide shelter for rodents.
Wash dishes, pans, and cooking utensils immediately after use.
Dispose of garbage and debris as soon as possible.
Prevent or Respond to a Snake Bite
Be aware of snakes that may be swimming in the water to get to higher ground and those that may be hiding under debris or other objects.
If you see a snake, back away from it slowly and do not touch it.
If you or someone you know are bitten, try to see and remember the color and shape of the snake, which can help with treatment of the snake bite.
Keep the bitten person still and calm. This can slow down the spread of venom if the snake is poisonous. Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Dial 911 or call local Emergency Medical Services. Apply first aid if you can not get the person to the hospital right away.
Lay or sit the person down with the bite below the level of the heart.
Tell him/her to stay calm and still.
Cover the bite with a clean, dry dressing.
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