What to do after an emergency

Recovering from a disaster is usually a gradual process. If assistance is available, knowing how to access it makes the process faster and less stressful. 

Quick tips for recovering

First things first

There are many tasks you need to complete if your home is damaged or lost due to a disaster. Before you start, make sure you are taking care of yourself and your family.

A disaster is a traumatic event, and it can take some time to recover. It's common to feel bewildered or shocked. You should:

  • rest often and eat well
  • keep a manageable schedule
  • get as much physical activity as possible

Where to start

If your home has been damaged, these are some of the things you should do as soon as possible:

  • If you rent, contact your building manager
  • Find temporary housing for your family
  • Contact your insurer
  • Remove valuables from your home (if it's safe to enter)
  • Secure your property
  • Take care of your pets

Other things you'll need to do

  • Prepare to re-enter your home, by checking for damage, gas leaks, and other damage
  • Deal with issues related to food, medicine, water, and sewage
  • Clean up
  • Replace documents and money
  • Manage any insurance matters
  • Repair your home

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