When first responders leave the scene of a disaster, the survivors are left to figure out their recovery on their own. For many, this can be the beginning of a nightmare, especially if they have lost everything and have become displaced. The Red Guide to Recovery: Resource Handbook for Disaster Survivors was created specifically to help individuals and families navigate through the days, weeks, and months that follow a disaster, while raising awareness of the many pitfalls that may present themselves in post-disaster scenarios.
Each year major disasters take their toll on communities across the U.S., causing untold thousands of families to become displaced or lose their homes. Whether it's a hurricane, tornado, wildfire, or flood, disasters like these are becoming more and more frequent, and sadly, most people who go through one never fully recover. Although more people are beginning to prepare for disasters by having a three-day kit of food, water, and supplies, very few prepare for what they will face after a disaster and fewer still understand what the recovery process entails.
What disaster survivors need immediately after a disaster is a recovery road-map that will walk them step-by-step through the recovery process, so they will know what to do, where to turn for help, and what to watch out for. The Red Guide to Recovery - Resource Handbook for Disaster Survivors was created precisely for this purpose. Currently used by fire departments and emergency management agencies throughout California and parts of Colorado, this book was designed specifically to help individuals and families navigate through the days, weeks, and months that follow a disaster, while raising awareness of the many pitfalls that may present themselves in post-disaster scenarios.
Some of the topics covered in the guide include:
- What to do in the first 24 hours after a disaster
- Emergency repairs and services
-Displacement and relocation
- Disaster relief and financial assistance
- Locating lost loved ones and pets
- How to recognize and avoid disaster scams
- Handling the insurance claim process
- Creating an inventory of lost belongings
- Safety after a disaster
- Hazardous household materials
- Selecting the right contractor to repair your home
- Public insurance adjusters
- Salvaging and recovering lost personal items
- Trauma intervention and grief counseling
And much, much, more.
The Red Guide to Recovery is a must have for any disaster preparedness plan and is the only resource available that can actually help disaster survivors avoid becoming disaster victims.