Disaster Relief

Steps to Disaster Recovery

When to Get Help

While it is normal to feel sad, anxious, or worried after a disaster, some may still feel those heightened emotions a year or more after a disaster. If you or someone you know struggles to cope with strong feelings a few weeks/months, or experiences continued interference with normal functioning, get help by accessing one of the resources found on this page.

Six Steps to Agriculture Recovery
Six Steps to Agriculture Recovery
Six Steps to Agriculture Recovery

6 Steps to Agriculture Recovery

1. Get Connected

Build strong, positive relationships with loved ones and friends
Get involved in community, cultural, school, charitable or faith –based groups

2. Make Every Day Meaningful

Do something that gives you a sense of accomplishment and purpose every day
Set goals to help you look toward the future with meaning

3. Learn From Your Experience

Consider the skills and strategies that helped you through difficult times in the past
Have a positive yet realistic view of yourself and an accurate sense of your abilities

4. Remain Hopeful

Look at the big picture and believe in your ability to overcome hardships
Understand the role your thoughts play in how you feel

5. Take Care of Yourself

Participate in activities and hobbies you enjoy, adapting them into your daily routine
Practice a healthy lifestyle by eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of sleep, and practicing stress management techniques

6. Be Proactive

Don’t ignore your problems, but decide what needs to be done and take action
Believe that any situation can improve if you work at it

Responses to a Disaster

Your Behavior

Changes in Activity Level
Trouble Relaxing or Sleeping
Increased Use of Alcohol/Drugs
An Increase in Irritability
Poor Work Performance
Difficulty Maintaining Balance in Life
Loss of Interest in Usually Pleasurable Activities

Your Body

Digestive Issues
Fatigue/Loss of Energy
Easily Startled
Rapid Heart Rate
Sweating or Chills

Your Emotions

Anger or Irritability
Feelings of Hopelessness
Mood Changes

Your Thoughts

Difficulty Concentrating
Difficulty Making Decisions
Dreams/Nightmares of Event
Confusion or self-doubt
"Flashbacks" of Crisis Event

Six Steps to Agriculture Recovery
Six Steps to Agriculture Recovery
Six Steps to Agriculture Recovery


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