30 Aug Recovering from Natural Disaster
This week’s devastating weather in Houston, Texas have once again brought to light the magnitude of damage that can be caused by natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey has done. Rebuilding after this type of disaster happens can be an extremely daunting task but it’s possible. There are certain steps to take to lead the way into recovery.
Safety is a primary issue, as are mental and physical well-being. Check for injuries, stay healthy by drinking plenty of clean water and eating, if at all possible. Keeping yourself and your family safe should be your main priority and then the recovery of your home and all around you will come at a later time.
When it’s time to come back home, you want to prepare yourself, both mentally and physically. Look around for down power lines, gas leaks and structural damage. Be aware that if you smell gas or if floodwaters remain around the building, you should never enter the home. There are other dangers you should look out for which are animals, such as poisonous snakes. If you have any doubts about the safety of returning to your home, please contact local police or depending on the situation, a building inspector or structural engineer.
Seeking disaster assistance is important too. Organizations such as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, local volunteer organizations are there to help. Look for these places for food, water, shelter, and other supplies needed. Coping with natural disaster is hard on anyone. Emotionally, it’s difficult to realize that everything you had is gone and you can become anxious, sad, and angry. Surround yourself with those you love. Children and senior citizens tend to experience more anxiety than others. Elderly people can become disoriented and unsure of where to go or what to do. Stress can take over and it becomes extremely important to get these people into safe and calm environments where they can get the help they need.
If you want to help others that have unfortunately gone through disaster, there are many ways to do so. Donating and volunteering are great ways to help and many organizations nearby are willing to take all the help they can get! Cash donations as well as items such as clothing and food are always needed. You can also go to the American Red Cross to donate blood and help those who are in the hospital which in turn helps save their lives.