How do you recover from emergencies?
American Red Cross
American Red Cross - Recover after a disaster
American Red Cross has gathered this information to encourage you take
precautions to help keep you safe and speed your recovery after a
disaster. You will also find ideas on what you can do to help make
yourself and your home safer from future disasters.
own and your family's emotional care and recovery are just as important
as rebuilding a home and healing physical injuries. You may be
surprised at how you and others may feel after a disaster. Disasters can
stir up many different feelings and thoughts. People may experience
fear concerning their safety or that of a loved one, shock, disbelief,
grief, anger and guilt. Memory problems, anxiety and/or depression are
also possible after experiencing a disaster.
days following a disaster can be confusing and frightening. If
possible, avoid making major financial decisions during this time and do
not hesitate to seek psychological counseling to help deal with the
trauma. Some financial issues, however, must be addressed without delay.
This information can guide you through the steps you may need to take.
Checking Your Home
you had to leave your home, return only when local authorities advise
that it is safe to do so. Also, be sure to have photo identification
available that shows your address, because sometimes local authorities
will only permit people who own property in a disaster-affected area
back into it.
Checking Utilities and Major Systems
and other major systems in your home may have been damaged. The
following information may help you troubleshoot specific systems such as
telephones, electrical systems, climate control systems and plumbing.
Click here to download the 10-page American Red Cross booklet
"PICKING UP THE PIECES AFTER A DISASTER"
Important Steps for Your Safe and Speedy Recovery