Preparing For and Responding To Environmental Emergencies

The information provided here is designed to help you
plan for and respond to environmental emergencies.

Boil Water Orders and Advisories

The source of drinking water for most residents in Vanderburgh County is the Evansville Water & Sewer Utility Department.  Periodically, due to problems at the plant or breaks in water lines, the Water Department will issue boil water orders and advisories.

The documents below provide important information to help you protect your health from possible contamination during boil advisories:

Flood Safety Information – Contaminated flood water can cause serious threats to your health.

  • Tips For Staying Safe Around Flood Waters – general information about the dangers of flood waters
  • Food Safety During Floods – information to avoid contamination of food during floods
  • Flood Safety Clean Up Guidelines – information on checking for water damage to: sheetrock (drywall/lathe and plaster), ceiling tiles, electrical (checked by certified building inspector/licensed electrician), furniture, hardwood or intact laminate, particleboard/pressed wafer board, delaminated furniture/cabinets, carpet, and paperwork/files.
  • Protect Yourself From Mold – information about the hazards of mold, how to prevent the growth of mold, and tips for safely cleaning up mold.

LINKS with more important information:
CDC – Flood Waters
USEPA – Flooding
IN State Department of Health – Flood Sanitation Information

Food Safety During Power Outages

The Food Safety During Power Outages provides advice to preserve food and food safety precautions to take when power loss has caused the lack of refigeration.

Heating Advice to Stay Safe and Snug

The Heating Advice to Stay Safe and Snug provides information on carbon monoxide and fire safety.