Step One

Take Care of Your Family & Yourself First

  • Arrange for temporary shelter, food, and clothing. Volunteer organizations such as the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and church groups can offer a variety of assistance.
  • Get enough rest and eat properly. You are more likely to make the right decisions.
  • Focus on what needs to be done to recover from the disaster.
  • Keep your family together.
  • Make a list of jobs and tackle them one at a time.
  • Set a manageable schedule to clean up and rebuild.
  • Talk to others dealing with problems similar to yours. Their ideas may help you.  

Next Step to Recovery

Step Two: Assess the Damage