What is recovery?  Recovery includes actions taken to return to a normal or an even safer situation following an emergency.  Recovery includes getting financial assistance to help pay for the repairs.  Recovery activities take place after an emergency.

Recovering from a disaster is usually a gradual process. Safety is a primary issue, as are mental and physical well-being. If assistance is available, knowing how to access it makes the process faster and less stressful. This section offers some general advice on steps to take after disaster strikes in order to begin getting your home, your community and your life back to normal.

FEMA's covers the following section with tips on Recovery are available in this helpful download

  • Health and Safety Guidelines
  • Returning Home
  • Seeking Disaster Assistance
  • Coping with Disaster
  • Helping Others

How the American Red Cross can help recover from a disaster

FEMA publications available

Helping Children Cope with Disasters. L-196. Provides information about how to prepare children for disaster and how to lessen the emotional effects of disaster.

When Disaster Strikes. L-217. Provides information about donations and volunteer organizations.

Repairing Your Flooded Home. FEMA 234. This 362-page publication provides a step-by-step guide to repairing your home and how to get help after a flood disaster.  Available online at


After a Flood: The First Steps. L 198. Tips for staying healthy, cleaning up and repairing, and getting help after a flood. Available online at


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