The Sonoma County Health Officer declared a local health emergency due to the household hazardous waste along the waterways, roadsides and on public and private properties after flooding.
There’s a lot you can do to protect yourself from illness or disease while moving flood debris or cleaning up after a flood, including:
- Wear protective personal equipment, such as gloves, rubber boots, a respirator or goggles. Use shovels and other tools whenever possible to avoid using your hands to touch debris.
- Wash your hands with soap after working to remove bacteria and germs.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has detailed information about how to stay safe: