Plan of Action to Deal with Effects of the Susquehanna River Floods

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Mold Introduction The Pew Center on Global Climate Change reported in September 2011 that the number of flood damages in the Northeast continue to rise. In Wilkes-Barre, PA, 75,000 people were evacuated as the Susquehanna River crested at a record of 42.7 feet. An estimated 5,400 homes and business suffered some sort of flood damage during that event, and 124 sewage treatment plants were affected by the flood, with 14 of them spilling raw sewage into waterways. Reports indicate that mold infestation, which can cause adverse health effects, is now a major concern among residents in Pennsylvania and New York. One organization, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, will be preparing a report for citizens in the affected areas on this issue. This study will formulate a plan using clinical epidemiology to guide the opinions and actions on dealing with this issue. Three types of mold that could develop from flood damage and the associated health risks with the different molds will be examine and a plan outlined for communication of key information to health practitioners who will most likely treat the symptoms of mold. This study will compare three methods that could be used to decrease mold of exposure to mold along with advantages or disadvantages of each. Three talking points will be formulated that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection can use addressing community concerns on health risks associated with mold and the preventative measures

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