Read here for information on common health risks, and what you can do to protect yourself and your family in the event of a natural disaster. Also, follow our external links to several national authorities for additional information.
Common ailments of concern in the wake of a disaster include:
Other possible concerns include:
How to wash your hands properly
Chances are, you have been washing your own hands for quite a while. All it takes is a little soap and some water, right? Actually, there is a bit more to handwashing. Below, find out how to wash your hands correctly, and why it matters so much.
Preparing for an emergency: a disaster supply kit
What would you do if a disaster struck close to your home, and you were instructed to evacuate or “shelter in place”? Are you prepared to meet your family’s needs until help arrives?
How to cope with disaster: tips for adults
After experiencing a tragic event, it can be hard to understand and cope with the range of emotions that you may be feeling. Learn about the common responses to disaster and strategies to help yourself heal.
How to choose a therapist or counselor
Before you jump into therapy, there are important issues that you need to consider.
Group therapy: can it help you?
Although many people can't imagine sharing their problems with a group, group therapy is a way for individuals to work on their problems in a protected and confidential atmosphere.
Mental resilience: bouncing back from adversity
It is far healthier to develop the ability to bounce back from adversity than it is to remain mired in misfortune. Learn more about the power of being resilient.
Mental health practitioners: who’s who?
If you or someone you love needs therapy, it helps to know the difference between the types of mental health professionals.
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US Environmental Protection Agency
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