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Sunday, September 18, 2005

Safety Tips for Returning to New Orleans

If you or someone you know is returning to New Orleans, here are some helpful hints to protect yourself from the possible toxic environment. Remember, FEMA Director Allen is saying troops are treating the area like a toxic environment, and you should do the same:

  • If you might get wet from the water, cover your body with water proof gear.

  • Wear rubber gloves and goggles.
  • Always wash, especially your hands, with strong soap.
  • If you are in areas that the air has a smell, wear a tight fitting respirator with cartridges that will protect your lungs from spores and volatile organic compounds.
  • Drink only bottled water and insure that any food you eat may not have come into contact with toxic dust or water.
  • Make sure anything you wash (e.g. utensils, plates, clothing) is washed in safe water.
  • Do not wash clothing that may have been contaminated with uncontaminated clothing.
For more information on choosing the right protective gear, visit the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's website on the matter here.

Of course, the 100% sure way to stay safe is to stay away from the area until validated testing is done that declares the area safe to return to.

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