How do you recover from emergencies?

How do you recover from emergencies?

American Red Cross - Recover after a disaster

The 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.

Recovering Emotionally
Your 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.

Recovering Financially
The 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
If 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
Utilities 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
Important Steps for Your Safe and Speedy Recovery
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