Icon WebMD Expert Blogs

WebMD's editorial staff on the latest news from the world of health.


The opinions expressed in WebMD User-generated content areas like communities, review, ratings, or blogs are solely those of the User, who may or may not have... Expand

The opinions expressed in WebMD User-generated content areas like communities, reviews, ratings, or blogs are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. These opinions do not represent the opinions of WebMD. User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a WebMD physician or any member of the WebMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. Some of these opinions may contain information about treatments or uses of drug products that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. WebMD does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.

Do not consider WebMD User-generated content as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment. WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource, but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified health care provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.


Friday, March 11, 2011

Tsunami: Evacuation Safety

In the wake of the tsunami warning, many residents and tourists along coastal areas of Hawaii have been evacuated. At this point it seems that major damage has not occurred, but it’s possible that people in some areas will have to stay in evacuation centers for some period of time.

Evacuation centers concentrate people in a small area a safe distance from disaster. But they carry health risks of their own, as diarrheal diseases, eye infections, and food contamination.

Here are some simple precautions to take if you’re in an evacuation center:

  • Wash your hands often.  Most diseases are transmitted by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your mouth, eyes, or nose.  ALWAYS wash your hands after using the bathroom, after changing diapers, before eating food, and before preparing food.
  • If soap and water are not nearby, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • If there is an outbreak of any infectious disease such as pinkeye, stop shaking hands with other people.
  • Make sure food is stored, cooked, prepared, and served in ways that prevent contamination (for example, food preparers should be healthy and wash their hands; food should be kept hot and stored cold; and food should be consumed soon after preparation).
  • If you or a family member is sick or has an infection, move the family to an area of the evacuation center set apart for ill people and their families.

Posted by: Daniel DeNoon at 10:37 am


Leave a comment

Subscribe & Stay Informed

WebMD Daily

Get your daily dose of healthy living, diet, exercise and health news from WebMD!


WebMD Health News