How to recover from disaster
Disaster often strikes without warning. When it happens, all you can do is try to survive and recover what's left. Most disasters occur from natural causes but sometimes they happen because of human errors. No matter the cause, getting through one isn't always easy. It doesn't take a toll on the physical body only, but also on the psychological and emotional well-being. Knowing how to recover from disaster beforehand can go a long way in helping you handle the situation better in case it arises.
The first step is getting to safety. Call emergency response team. It's advisable keep emergency contacts (like your local Red Cross or firehouse numbers) with you at all times. Try to stay alive until your rescuers get you to a safer place.
Acceptance is very vital. In case of loss of property or loved one, living in denial will hurt you more than it helps. You may be feeling hurt, angry, sad, stressed or depressed. These emotions may come all at once or one at a time. Whatever the case, don't pretend to be okay when you are not.
Don't be afraid to lean on others. Having a strong support system helps a lot. This can be hard for introverts. Those who prefer solitude usually find it hard to lean on others whenever they are going through tough times. However, accepting other people's help and support can help you handle disaster better. This sense of community will give you emotional and psychological support that you need.
Rebuild. In most cases, disaster destroys many properties when it strikes. If you lost your home, find out if it's safe to go back first before actually going. Consult your local police. Heed their advice and avoid going back when told not to. If they give you a go ahead, take a quick survey on the area before anything else. Look out for any hanging power lines or any dangerous item that could be harmful. For those who have children, don't go with them during this first visit. At this stage, you can also start following up on your insurance claims for financial assistance.
Actual healing is the last step when recovering from any type of disaster. Allow yourself to heal from physical injuries and even emotional trauma. Some people find talking to others therapeutic while some prefer helping others who are going through the same difficulties. Do whatever works for you. However, don't use this to mask your own feelings. Seek professional assistance if you feel you need to. Don't be in a rush to get back to normal. Remember that healing is a process. It may take time but in the end, it will happen.
It's never a bad idea to have important documents kept elsewhere as back up. Make copies and store them in a different location. This will help you in case you lose your important documents when disaster strikes. Having some knowledge about survival tactics also helps. Try to do some research on how to recover from different kinds of disaster even when you don't need to. You never know when or how that information will come in handy.
Here is a great video on how to recover from a disaster.