Flood recovery resources
Cleaning up the mess and dealing with contaminated food

Cleaning up after a flood is a long, tiresome task. Be sure to do it right to avoid getting sick or having problems later. Get a copy of MP904, Resources for Your Flooded Home. Read more


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Disaster Recovery Resources for Missouri Families

Here is a list of Missouri-specific Unit 9 of Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit, created by University of Minnesota Extension and North Dakota State University Extension Service. Information specific to Missouri was added by MU Extension.

Check, disinfect flooded wells

If your well has been flooded, the well and entire water system should be cleaned and disinfected. Floods can contaminate wells with silt, raw sewage, oil and disease organisms. Here are the procedures for proper disinfecting. Read more

Cleaning and repairing flooded basements

Learn how to get out the water and prevent future problems in this PDF from North Dakota State University Extension Service. Read more

Be prepared for flooding in rural areas

North Dakota State University Extension Service says have a plan to shelter in place if roads become impassable. The shelter should have everything needed, such as communication devices, food, water, electricity, fuel, medical kit and emergency transportation. Read more

Website has information for farmers affected by wet weather

In many parts of the state, wet fields have delayed or prevented corn and soybean planting. Farmers are looking at the prospect of reduced yields, stunted growth, and pest, weed and disease problems. Fruit and vegetable producers and gardeners face similar concerns. Read more

Flood recovery for croplands

Here's more flood information from Nebraska and Iowa. Contact your local agricultural business or agronomy specialist to find how this applies to Missouri fields.

Returning home

Cleaning your home after a flood takes special care. EMW1023, Quick Tips for Cleaning Up After a Flood is an MU Extension publication that provides basic cleaning and safety advice. Read more

Prepare your home

You can take steps before the river rises to minimize water damage to your home. This North Dakota Extension publication outlines the steps. Preparing a Home that Will Be Flooded Read more

Take precautions with propane tanks

Properly secure and mark propane tanks located in flood prone areas to avoid safety problems. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has recommendations. Reducing the Impact of Flooding: Propane Tanks (PDF) Read more

Flood Fighting with sandbags

Eric Evans, community emergency management specialist, describes the safest, most effective way to fill and place sandbags for their maximum effectiveness and protection. Read more

How to replace vital documents

After a disaster, you may have to replace social security cards, adoption records, birth certificates and other documents. Read more

About the Community Emergency Management Program

CEMP provides education and technical assistance to individual and families, local governments, businesses, schools and organizations in preparing and responding to natural and man-made disasters. Read more


  • Thursday, September 14, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) curriculum specialist Erin McGruder does more than just write about disaster response. McGruder, a member of FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Missouri Task Force 1 (MO-TF1), deployed to Texas as a technical information specialist in response to Hurricane Harvey’s devastating August landfall.
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  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The catastrophic flooding in Texas underlines the need for families to prepare for disaster, says a University of Missouri Extension human development specialist.
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  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017
    Editors: With flooding in parts of Missouri this, these ready-to-publish news releases may be of interest to your readers:
  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – When storms, floods and other disasters leave damaged homes in their path, local contractors often get more business than they can handle. In many cases, out-of-town contractors will arrive in force to pick up the slack.
  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Moisture and rising temperatures can turn parts of your home into ideal sites for mold growth, said a University of Missouri Extension housing and environmental design specialist.
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  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. – Before replacing drywall and floor coverings in your flooded home, make sure building materials have had enough time to dry out, cautions a University of Missouri Extension community emergency management specialist.
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  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017
    TRENTON, Mo.– University of Missouri Extension has prepared a checklist of measures people can take to reduce the impact of floodwater on their homes.
  • Tuesday, June 2, 2015
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Floods can devastate property and have lasting effects on a community. In the aftermath, people might not think about the consequences flooding can have on food.
  • Monday, May 23, 2011
    For more flood-related resources from MU Extension, visit extension.missouri.edu/n/3059.
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