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Take Simple Steps To Reduce Mold In Storm-Impacted Buildings

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March 15, 2012
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INDIANAPOLIS – Recent storms in Indiana may have caused mold. Outside, mold decays leaves, contributing to soil enrichment. However, mold growing inside buildings can cause serious health risks. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security urge individuals to disinfect and completely dry storm-impacted buildings.  

  • When disinfecting with bleach:
    • never use more than one cup bleach to one gallon water;
    • never mix bleach with ammonia or other cleaner;
    • wear rubber boots, gloves, goggles and a mask; and
    • open windows and doors when weather permits.
  • Do not use fans; if mold already exists, it could spread.
  • Fix leaks in pipes and any damp areas around tubs and sinks.
  • Rebuild using water-resistant materials.
  • Prevent water seepage from outdoors by installing or reinforcing rain spouts.

The Indiana State Department of Health provides additional information about mold clean up online.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. 

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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