How to clean up safely after Sandy

posted Nov 28, 2012, 7:51 AM by Sylwia Jasinski



Thomas Farley, M.D., M.P.H.


November 27, 2012

Dear Colleagues, 

We hope you and your families are safe and warm as the holidays approach. We have all been affected by recent events.  As the recovery from Hurricane Sandy continues, many of you will either be working with families directly impacted by Sandy or with volunteers who are working to help families clean and repair their homes, businesses, or places of worship. Some of you may be working on repairs to your own homes. 

The Health Department is urging New Yorkers to protect themselves from health and injury risks during clean-up efforts.   Hazardous conditions include fumes and gases from temporary heating sources and portable generators, dust from home repair and debris removal, and mold growth caused by wet and damaged building materials.   Using safe work practices and appropriate personal protective equipment is important for preventing injuries and illnesses associated with clean-up work. 

To help you, your families, your staff, your clients, your students, and your volunteers stay safe, the Health Department has developed fact sheets and recommendations.  Please click these links to view copies of these fact sheets:

·         cleaning guidelines press release

·         major flood damage and mold

·         Use the right dust mask

·         respiratory health

·         carbon monoxide

·         food and water safety after a flood

·         financial assistance for lead repair 

The fact sheets are also available in Spanish and other languages.  Please help us distribute this important information. If you would like more information on any of these topics please call 311 and ask for the Lead Poisoning Prevention/Healthy Homes Program. 


Deborah Nagin                                                                                


Lead Poisoning Prevention/Healthy Homes Program          

Danielle Greene

First Deputy Director, Education and Community Partnerships

Lead Poisoning Prevention/Healthy Homes Program