Current Environment:

Your health, climate change, sea level rise, and flooding

Click the blue links to access educational and community resources for further information. Providers and patients: Click here to print a ClimateRX prescription with the information on this webpage with QR code access to live links.

Did you know?

The sea level is rising more quickly due to increasing temperatures and precipitation. Sea level rise can cause flooding and pollute the water that children drink from and play in. Flooding in buildings can also lead to the growth of mold, which is harmful for our health.

Action plan

  • Be aware: Check if where you live is at risk for flooding. Sign up for emergency alerts in your area
  • Be prepared: Create an evacuation plan and teach your children how to contact you in case of emergency.
  • Avoid standing water, if possible. Stormwater can be a source of infectious diseases, contain chemical hazards, and cause injury. Do not swim after storms.
  • Know the risks: After flooding, excess moisture and standing water contribute to the growth of mold in homes. Exposure to mold can be a health risk for children with underlying health conditions such as asthma. Seek help from your child’s medical provider for health-related concerns
     

Community resources

Use this Flood Zone Mapping Tool to see if your home is located within a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)-designated flood zone or flood plan.

Create an emergency plan with your child.

Build an emergency kit for your family.

Sign up for emergency alerts and download apps to stay informed if you have a mobile device.

Learn how to safely clean up moisture after floods to prevent mold