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After an Emergency


Red Cross: Safe and Well Website

War and disaster can separate family members when they need each other the most. The American Red Cross can help your family members reconnect, whether the separation was caused by a recent emergency here at home, war or natural disaster overseas, or events as far back as the Holocaust.

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Returning home after a disaster or emergency can be both physically and mentally challenging. Above all, use caution. You may be anxious to see your property but do not return to your home before the area is declared to be safe by local officials.

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CDC: Returning Home

Tips from the CDC on how to stay safe when returning home after a disaster.

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CDC: Clean Up Your Home

After a hurricane or flood, you may need to clean up your home and yard. Take these steps to stay safe.

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA offers many resources to deal with the stress that can result from going through an emergency or disaster.

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SAMHSA Disaster Distress Help Line - 1.800.985.5990

SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

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Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: Managing Stress

If you were involved in a disaster such as a hurricane, flood, or even terrorism, or another traumatic event like a car crash, you may be affected personally regardless of whether you were hurt or lost a loved one. You can be affected just by witnessing a disaster or other traumatic event. It is common to show signs of stress after exposure to a disaster or other traumatic event, and it is important to monitor your physical and emotional health.

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