Recovery Procedures

Picking up the Pieces After a Disaster
The American Red Cross has prepared this information to encourage you take precautions to help keep you safe and speed your recovery after a disaster. You will also find ideas on what you can do to help make yourself and your home safer from future disasters. more...

Water Treatment
In addition to having a bad odor, and taste, water from questionable sources may be contaminated by a variety of microorganisms.

Food Safety
Perishable foods should not be held above 40 degrees for more than 2 hours.

Generators
If you choose to buy a generator, make sure you get one that is listed with the Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) or Factory Mutual (FM).

Recovering Financially
A disaster can cause significant financial loss. Take the time now to assess your situation and ask questions. more...

Chemical Emergencies
Return home only when authorities say it is safe. 

Earthquakes
Check yourself for injuries. Often people tend to others without checking their own injuries. 

Fires
Give first aid where needed. After calling 9-1-1 or your local emergency number, cool and cover burns, which reduces the chance of further injury or infection. more...

Floods
Your home and its contents may look beyond hope, but many of your belongings can be restored. more...

Heat Waves
Heat stroke is a life-threatening situation. Help is needed fast. Call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number.

Hurricanes
Continue listening to local radio or television stations or a NOAA Weather Radio for information and instructions. Access may be limited to some parts of the community, or roads may be blocked.

Thunderstorms
Continue listening to local radio or television stations or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions. Access may be limited to some parts of the community, or roads may be blocked. 

Tornadoes
Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines and report them to the utility company immediately. 

Tsunami
Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio, Coast Guard emergency frequency station, or other reliable source for emergency information. The tsunami may have damaged roads, bridges, or other places that may be unsafe. 

Wild Fires
Use caution and exercise good judgment when re-entering a burned wildland area. Hazards may still exist, including hot spots, which can flare up without warning. 

Winter Storms
Before the onset of cold weather, prevent freezing of these water supply lines and pipes by following these recommendations.