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Step One
Take Care of Your Family and Yourself First
  • Arrange for temporary shelter, food, and clothing. Volunteer organizations such as the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and church groups can offer a variety of assistance.
  • Get enough rest and eat properly. You are more likely to make the right decisions.
  • Focus on what needs to be done to recover from the disaster.
  • Keep your family together.
  • Make a list of jobs and tackle them one at a time.
  • Set a manageable schedule to clean up and rebuild.
  • Talk to others dealing with problems similar to yours. Their ideas may help you. 

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Step Two: Assess the Damage

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