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Health issues

ALERT: Generator exhaust is toxic.

Put generators outside or carefully vent the exhaust outside because the exhaust contains dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide (CO), a poisonous gas.

It is extremely important, in the immediate aftermath of a hurricane and also when cleanup begins, to do whatever is possible to protect your and your family's health. Be certain about food and drinking water safety and availability. Use appropriate protections during cleanup of flooded or contaminated areas.


New Orleans Needs Assessment

Drinking water and food

Flooding and mold

West Nile virus

Coordinated federal health information

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