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After A Disaster

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About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization led by volunteers, with a mission to provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

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Contacting Others After a Disaster or Trauma

The most important thing to realize is that you are safe. Now, let others know how you are — and where you are.

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Dial 2-1-1 for Community Help

You've heard about 9-1-1 and 4-1-1, now there's 2-1-1, a number dedicated to connecting people with helpful community services and volunteer opportunities.

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Disaster Assistance Timeline

Here is a timeline breaking down how your local emergency management services, first responders and other organizations will respond after a natural disaster.

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Disaster Relief Financial Assistance Options

Experts we've interviewed say that the severity of a natural disaster affects the time it takes to receive financial assistance.

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Emergency and Disaster Services

Here are links to organizations and resources that provide assistance and information in an emergency or natural disaster.

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Federal Food Safety Guidelines

Has your fridge or freezer turned off and the food is still inside? Apply the golden rule for food safety: "If In Doubt, Throw It Out." Below are general food safety and cleaning tips from the government's food safety guidelines.

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FEMA Common Misconceptions about Disaster Aid

Here are some common misconceptions about FEMA from FEMA.

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FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers

Disaster Recovery Centers are temporary centers set up in a federal disaster area, helping local residents through the federal assistance application process and also offer recovery advice.

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FEMA Questions to Ask

As with an insurance agent, these questions for FEMA officials may confirm what you already know, or may help you understand what processes, timelines and what federal aid is available.

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FEMA Types of Disaster Aid

The following information is from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency).

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Filing for Federal Disaster Relief

Federal Disaster Relief is available after the President issues a disaster declaration for your area. Visit FEMA's (Federal Emergency Management Agency) site, to see if a disaster declaration has been made in your area.

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Handling Emotional and Physical Stress After a Disaster

Natural disasters cause emotional and physical stress — and a host of reactions including anxiety, depression, difficulty concentrating, sadness, anger, fatigue, hopelessness, irrational fears, and nightmares.

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Helping Others Hit by Disaster

Immediately or soon after an emergency or natural disaster, many people want to help. Here are some tips to help you help others. Review these, be safe, be smart.

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How Disasters Are Declared

A major disaster could result from a hurricane, earthquake, flood, tornado or major fire. The event must be clearly more than state or local governments can handle alone.

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How Social Workers Help Disaster Survivors

We interviewed, received advice and gathered ideas from social workers around the country to give you an idea of what social workers do and how they help after a disaster or fire.

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In the News How to Get Disaster Information

Media web sites are good resources for local information, breaking news and weather updates during and after natural disasters. Here are some ways to use the media to your best advantage.

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In the News Reporting on Disasters

After a major disaster — fire, natural disaster or other catastrophe — the media will mostly like arrive on the scene. Here's what to know.

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Items You May Need After a Disaster

Here is a starter list of some things you should buy or look into after a disaster.

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Tax Tips After a Disaster

After a disaster, fire or other major loss, bills and expenses can pile up quickly. Luckily, there are some IRS forms you can complete to receive immediate help and possibly get additional tax relief over the next few years.

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Temporary Housing Data Sheet

Depending upon the damage, you may be staying in your home, a friend's home, a hotel, or a shelter. Should you need temporary housing, here is a brief form for you to write down your temporary housing details.

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Water Quality and Safety Precautions

When it comes to food and water, err on the side of contamination until you know better. (In other words, guilty until proven innocent.)

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Who Will Help You After a Disaster?

After a storm, local and regional authorities — such as police officers, firefighters, ambulance services and state or municipal service workers — may be dispatched to severely affected areas. Here's what to know.

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