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Quick Recovery Checklist

Quick Recovery Checklist

  • Ensure that your immediate disaster caused needs are met, including food for you, your family and your pets, and clothing. This may include contacting your local chapter of the American Red Cross for assistance.
  • Do not eat or drink medicines, food products or beverages that have been exposed to heat, smoke, soot, chemicals or flood waters.
  • Allow the proper authorities to reconnect utilities. DO NOT attempt to reconnect them yourself.
  • Arrange for temporary shelter. This may also include contacting the American Red Cross.
  • Once communications are restored, directly contact your family and friends to let them know of your loss and your condition. Your family (and friends) are a critical part of your internal support group.
  • Sign up on the reunification websites.
  • Contact your doctor’s office to request replacement prescriptions, if necessary.
  • Contact your insurance company about the loss and request that the house be secured, if necessary. Do not throw any items away until an inventory has been made.
  • Start creating a list of lost inventory, room by room, for your insurance company.
  • Begin plans to rebuild your home.
  • Do not rush into signing contracts for rebuilding or public insurance adjusting services.
  • Obtain information from the Contractors State License board on what to be aware of when hiring a contractor.


If the structure is still standing:

  • Do not re-enter the damaged home or building unless local authorities say it is safe to do so.
  • Check for structural damage from a safe distance.
  • When you enter the building, look for any structural damage that may be subject to collapse.
  • If safe, remove valuables and/or other salvageable items from the home. Begin plans to rebuild your home.

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