Your Health

Recovering from a disaster can take a physical and mental toll on you. 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. And 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)

What Consumers Need to Know About Food and Water Safety
Get food and water safety facts you can use in an emergency. Learn what to do 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 to be aware of when you return to your home or business after a disaster. Learn how to safely handle different types of hazards. This includes 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 and about the air quality and health hazards of mold. Find out what you should wear and the equipment you need to have to clean safely. (Environmental Protection Agency)

Eye Safety for Emergency Response and Disaster Recovery
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. You can also access the PTSD Coach Online for self-help tools to help you build coping skills. (Department of Veterans Affairs)

Coping with Disaster
It’s normal for anyone 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
Find resources to help you cope with a traumatic event, and get information about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). There are also two short videos about research on traumatic stress. (National Institute of Mental Health)

Tips for Survivors of a Traumatic Event - Managing Your Stress (PDF, 928 KB)
Learn the normal reactions to a traumatic event and what the signs of stress are. Understand how to manage your own physical and mental health, how to relieve stress, and when you need 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. Find resources that can help you, including crisis hotlines and information for individuals, families, and schools. Learn the effects of stress as well as how to cope with different types of emergencies. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Last Updated: 02/07/2018