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. 

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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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