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Health & Safety Guidelines for Disaster Recovery

Although disaster recovery is usually a gradual thing, if assistance can be had the knowledge to access it may make the process not only faster but less stressful. Safety, as well as mental and physical well-being, are primary issues.

Your familyís safety and health will be the first concern following a disaster. Watch your family well-being and health while considering your possible safety issues.

Assisting the Injured

Following a disaster, administer first aid to the injured and seek medical attention.
  • Check for any injuries. Seriously injured people should not be moved unless there is an immediate danger of further injury or possible death. If they must be moved, carefully stabilize the neck and back and then seek help immediately.
  • If the injured person is not breathing, put the person carefully in the position for artificial respiration. Clear their airway and begin mouth-to-mouth.
  • You donít want the victim to become overheated but you will need to maintain the body temperature with the use of blankets.
  • Never attempt to give liquid to a person who is unconscious.

Health Guidelines

  • Pace yourself and set priorities in order to avoid doing too much and becoming exhausted. Make sure you are getting enough rest.
  • Eat well and get plenty of clean water.
  • Wear good gloves and sturdy work boots.
  • Make sure your hands are washed often with soap and clean water when you are working around and in debris.

Safety Issues to Be Aware Of

Be aware of the safety issues that follow a disaster.
  • Watch out for contaminated buildings, washed out roads, contaminated water, broken glass, gas leaks, damaged electrical wiring, slippery floors, and other safety issues that may have come about because of the disaster.
  • You will need to tell the local authorities about safety and health issues such as downed power lines, chemical spills, washed out roads, dead animals, and smoldering insulation.
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