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Cleaning up after an emergency: dealing with wind and water damage

Practical information to help households start the clean up after an emergency.

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This resource is hosted on the Australian Red Cross website.

The Australian Red Cross has a range of useful emergency management resources. The resources can help prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.

Resources are available for organisations, communities, parents and caregivers, and teachers.

You can download many resources from the Australian Red Cross website. These include emergency preparedness videos and information flyers in local community languages.

This emergency management resource is part of the Australian Red Cross collection.

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Resource details
Title Cleaning up after an emergency: dealing with wind and water damage
Owner Australian Red Cross
Date last updated December 2016
Resource type Handbook

What is this about?

This handbook on cleaning up after an emergency is designed to assist people to deal with the effects of floods, storms and cyclones.

It includes practical advice on repairing and cleaning homes, as well as strategies to support personal wellbeing.

Who is this resource for?

  • Local Government
  • Community Service Organisations
  • Non Government Organisations
  • Community Recovery Committees

Table of contents

  • Looking after yourself
  • Returning home
  • General safety issues
  • Repairing the damage
  • Drying your home
  • Draining under the house
  • Cleaning your home
  • Cleaning furniture and appliances
  • Cleaning clothes and linen
  • Cleaning valuables
  • Cleaning up outside
  • Cleaning external walls
  • Rebuilding

Reviewed 08 November 2021

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