The impact of Hurricanes Fiona and Ian will be
far-reaching, even after floodwaters recede. It truly takes everyone’s
efforts to recover - federal partners, state and local governments,
emergency responders, volunteer organizations, and neighbors helping
neighbors. Please use these tips and share this information with
others who may benefit.
Physical Health and Safety
CDC provides tips for staying safe after a storm on its
natural disasters website. Some of these tips include the following:
- Before traveling through or
returning to affected areas, check the information local officials
are providing to see if it is safe to do so.
- Stay out of floodwater and be
careful near damaged buildings.
- Prevent carbon monoxide
poisoning. Never use portable gasoline or coal-burning equipment or
camp stoves inside your home, basement, or garage. Keep it outside
and at least 20 feet from any window, door, or vent.
- Drink safe water and eat safe
food. Listen to reports from local officials for advice on water
precautions in your home.
- Clean up your home or other
building safely. Wear the right safety gear, use equipment and
cleaning supplies per the manufacturer’s instructions, and take steps
to prevent mold growth.
Visit CDC’s website for more complete
information on how to stay safe after a hurricane or other storm.
Emotional Health and Safety
People with preexisting mental health conditions
should continue with their treatment plans during an emergency and monitor
for any new symptoms. Additional information can be found at the Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).If you need help, talk to a
counselor, doctor, or clergy member. You can also contact the SAMHSA’s
disaster distress helpline at 800-985-5990 (English and Spanish). Help is
also available in American Sign Language.
Going through and recovering from severe storms
can take an emotional toll on survivors and responders. Coping with these
feelings and getting help when you need it will help you, your family, and
your community recover from a disaster. Connect with family, friends, and
others in your community. Take care of yourself and each other, and know
when and how to seek help. Take care of your body, balance your need for
information with your need to take breaks, and seek help when needed. Look
out for these common signs of distress:
- Feelings of fear, anger,
sadness, worry, numbness, or frustration
- Changes in appetite, energy,
and activity levels
- Difficulty concentrating and
- Difficulty sleeping or
- Physical reactions, such as
headaches, body pains, stomach problems, and skin rashes
- Worsening of chronic health
- Increased use of alcohol,
tobacco, or other drugs
Visit CDC's website on coping with a disaster to learn more. This
information is also available in Spanish.
CDC’s Ready Wrigley activity book “Coping After a
Disaster” is a great resource to help kids begin processing
their feelings after an emergency. And check out CDC’s Coping After a
Natural Disaster resources and information for teens to help
the teens in your life.