Nobody wants to become the victim of a disaster in their home. However, being able to recover afterwards is just as important as surviving during the event.
There are many different disasters that can occur anywhere, and the chances of disasters such as earthquakes and floods increase in certain areas. After any home disaster, recovery is a necessary step to getting back to a normal life as soon as possible.
How to Recover Emotionally from a Disaster
Experiencing a disaster in your home is very stressful, and a wide range of emotions can result. People will often experience a form of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). While this level of anxiety is usually associated with soldiers on the battlefield, it can effect anyone who has gone through a traumatic experience. It is not uncommon to be nervous, angry, sleepless, absentminded, or worse. Feelings may be compounded if the disaster resulted in the injury of you or a family member.
After any disaster, it is important to seek professional help to sort out any anxiety that you might be experiencing. Amidst the financial and social pressures of recovering from a disaster, many people forget to take time for emotional healing. You should return to familiar routines as soon as possible, and you may also want to consider family counseling.
How to Recover Financially from a Home Disaster
You should familiarize yourself with the contents of your home-owner’s policy, and know how to initiate and progress through the claim process. After a disaster, contact your insurance company as soon as you and your family are out of harm’s way. Remember to ask for copies of police, fire and other reports associated with the disaster.
Inspect your home carefully once it is released by the appropriate authorities, but be careful. Leaking gas and water pipes, faulty electrical wiring, and broken glass can all pose a risk inside the house.
You should call a disaster recovery company right away, as they will be able to determine what can be done to save your home and salvage your personal belongings. Several companies may be located in your area, and you can even ask your insurance company for recommendations. Time is of the essence in a recovery situation, so get in touch with a disaster recovery company as soon as possible.