Mississippi State Department of Health

Safety After a Storm


Floodwater can leave behind risks to health and safety. Follow these recommendations when cleaning up after a flood.

Cleanup Precautions

Food Safety: Preventing Food-Borne Diseases

Preventing Waterborne Illness

Any loss or significant drop in your water pressure, even if it is brief, means that your water supply could be contaminated by groundwater. If you notice an interruption, loss of pressure, or significant drop in pressure in your water service, follow standard boil-water precautions below. If you are unsure of the safety of your water, contact your water supply operator.

If your area is officially notified that emergency water purification is necessary, MSDH advises the following:

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