Your Health

Recovering from a disaster can take a physical and mental toll on you and your family. The resources below can help you stay healthy and learn to cope after a disaster.

Physical Health

Prevent Illness after a Natural Disaster
Learn how to help prevent illness after a disaster. Learn about hazards like animals, insects, and carbon monoxide. Get tips about safe clean-up after a flood; how to keep food and drinking water safe; mental health; and how to prevent or treat wounds. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Food and Water Safety
Get food and water safety facts you can use during and after a power outage or flood. You can even watch a short video on food safety during a power outage. (Food and Drug Administration)

Dealing with Debris and Damaged Buildings
Find topics on hazards and how to safely handle them when you return to your home or business. Hazards could include things like structurally unsound buildings and chemical spills. (Environmental Protection Agency)

Flood Cleanup and the Air in Your Home (PDF, 1 MB)
Learn how to properly clean up after a flood. Learn about air quality and the health hazards of mold. Find out what you should wear and what equipment you need to clean safely. (Environmental Protection Agency)

Eye Safety
Learn about common eye hazards and injuries and different types of eye protection. You can also learn some first aid for eye injuries. (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)

Mental Health

Self-Help and Coping
Learn what to expect after a traumatic event and how to deal with stress reactions. Find resources that can help you learn how to cope, including the PTSD Coach Online. (Department of Veterans Affairs)

Coping with Disaster
It’s normal to experience a range of feelings and show signs of stress after a disaster. Learn how adults and children may react differently. Learn the different signs of disaster-related stress, how to ease them, and when to seek help. (FEMA)

Coping with Traumatic Events
Learn the warning signs of traumatic stress and find resources that can help you cope. (National Institute of Mental Health)

Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Traumatic Event - What to Expect (PDF, 2 MB)
Learn the normal reactions to a traumatic event and the signs of stress. Learn how to manage your own physical and mental health and when it’s time to get help. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event
The effects of a traumatic event can last a long time. Learn the effects of stress and how to cope with different types of emergencies. Find resources including crisis hotlines as well as information for individuals, families, and schools. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Last Updated: 11/06/2018