Finding Hope Again
Recovering from a disaster is usually a gradual process. The victims of the 9/11 attacks, the Fort Worth/Arlington Tornado and Hurricane Katrina could tell you that it takes time to get your home, community, and life back to normal. Immediately after an emergency, safety is a primary issue. Mental and physical well-being will continue to be a concern for some time afterward. It’s important to know how to access local and national help to make the recovery process faster and less stressful.
Information on Recovering
Visit www.fema.org check out the Local Resource Section on page Act.16 for information on recovering from specific disasters like tornadoes, flash floods and winter weather.
Health and Safety Guidelines
Your family’s health and safety should be your first concern after a disaster:
- Check for injuries.
- Don’t try to move anyone who is seriously injured unless they are in immediate danger of death or further injury.
- If you must move an unconscious person, first stabilize the neck and back, then call for help immediately.
Make sure you don’t overexert yourself after an emergency:
- Be aware of exhaustion. Get enough rest.
- Don’t try to do too much at once. Set priorities and pace yourself.
- Drink plenty of clean water and eat well.
- Wear sturdy work boots and gloves.
- When working in debris, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and clean water.
Be aware of new safety issues created by the disaster:
- Watch for washed out roads, contaminated buildings, contaminated water, gas leaks, broken glass, damaged electrical wiring, and slippery floors.
- Inform local authorities about health and safety issues, including chemical spills, downed power lines, washed out roads, smoldering insulation, and dead animals.