The Puyallup Emergency Management Department asks citizens to take extra precaution when cleaning up after the flood:
Wear gloves, boots, eye protection, and a respiratory mask during the clean up.
Open all doors and windows. Use fans if possible to air out the building.
Wash all clothes and linens in hot water when water supply allows.
Discard mattresses and stuffed furniture; they can't be adequately cleaned.
Wash dirt and mud from walls, counters and hard surfaced floors with soap and water.
Disinfect surfaces with a solution of one cup bleach per gallon of water.
Discard all food that has come into contact with flood water.
Canned food can be kept, however, remove the label and remark it with a
permanent marker. Thoroughly wash the canned food with soap and water
Do not drink from your water source until it is confirmed to be safe. Until then, use clean bottled water.