There are many things to consider during an emergency, but your health and safety should be your top priority. Remember to plan ahead and use available resources.

Mental Health Support

St. Theresa General Hospital: 780-841-3229
Northwest Health Centre: 780-841-3229
La Crete Community Health Centre: 780-928-6821

Asbestos

Homeowners need to be aware that houses built before the mid-1980's may contain asbestos materials. Some of these materials include drywall mud, ceiling tiles, insulation and floor tiles. Remember that in many older homes, materials may have been replaced over the years and may be newer than the mid-1980's. New materials are not likely to contain asbestos.

The safest way to identify and remove asbestos materials is to hire an environmental consultant to assess the property, and have a qualified contractor remove any asbestos materials. Qualified contractors wear specialized personal protective equipment and have expert knowledge and techniques to avoid asbestos exposure. Anyone working on asbestos removal should follow the protocols and procedures found in the Alberta Asbestos Abatement Manual.

For information from AHS on protecting yourself from asbestos: Asbestos Information for Flood-affected Homeowners.

Mould

Mould growth is common in water-damaged homes and buildings. Because exposure to indoor mould growth can result in various health hazards (including difficulty breathing, skin rashes and nose, eye and throat irritation) it's important to remove mould-damaged materials and repair mould damaged-areas quickly and safely.

For information from AHS on mould remediation in your home: Steps for Mould Remediation in Private Homes.