Getting back on your feet after suffering from a natural disaster is daunting. This is especially true if you experience injury to yourself or your home. However, you shouldn’t despair because help and resources are available. Many have been through this process before you and carved the path to help you as well.
Your primary concern should be safety. Listen to local radio stations and watch local TV news to learn more about the resources in your community including temporary housing, food, financial assistance and first aid if necessary. Homeowners should contact their insurance company as soon as possible and find out their coverage options and to start the recovery process.
Once you take care of your immediate physical needs, take your emotional well-being into consideration. Natural disasters are very stressful and traumatizing, and sites like Ready.gov supply guides for processing emotions during a troubling time. Search for local resources and support groups to continue processing the emotional stress you experience. It’s helpful to know you aren’t alone.
While the recovery process after a natural disaster is stressful, don’t forget that there are government and local resources to help you through each step of the way.