Disaster Recovery

recovery

The road back from disaster is long, and it is never easy. By working together, we can come back even stronger. Whether you have faced the disaster yourself, or want to reach out to others,it's enormously important to take care of yourself, and to stay in close touch with family and friends.

More Resources

Disaster Distress Helpline
The Helpline is available 24 hours of day for anyone feeling stressed about disasters.. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
Maine Disaster Behavioral Health
Maine’s Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team (DBHRT) is a statewide team of trained volunteers who respond locally to disasters and public health emergencies by working within healthcare and school facilities, walking through neighborhoods, providing services to impacted family and friends at local reception centers and FEMA Services Centers.
SAMHSA: Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Traumatic Event
Offers self-help tips for coping with the aftermath of trauma. Discusses the long-term impact of trauma, including personal uncertainties, family relationship changes, work disruptions, and financial concerns. Download digital (.pdf) version or order free printed copies.

Power outages can result from a severe winter or summer storm, from a power system disruption or a car hitting a pole.

FLASH.org: Power Outage - Keeping Food Safe
It's important to be aware that food that has not been refrigerated can cause severe health problems. For additional information about food safety during power outages, call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. From the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes
and From our Library ...
Alternative Heat Source Safety
Carbon Monoxide Safety in Power Outages
Food Safety: Consumer Guidance
Food Safety: Frozen Foods
Food Safety: General
Generator Safety
Preventing or Thawing Frozen Water Pipes

Water can damage your home from a flood, from a pipe or water main break or from a hurricane.

FLASH.org: Cleaning up Flood Damage
Tips on safe re-entry to your home, documenting damage abd cleaning up.
FLASH.org: Floods: After the Storm - Important Tips
Damage to your home can have a dramatic emotional impact and it's best to have a plan before the storm strikes for how to reenter your home. Having a plan and being aware of certain risks will minimize the threat of harm to you or your family.
FLASH.org: Floods: After the Storm - Returning Home
A simple checklist to help you get started on assessing damage in your home after the flood and begin taking charge of the cleanup.
FLASH.org: Floods: Protecting Against Mold
A checklist of clean-up steps to protect against mold if your home has been damaged by water.
Maine DEP: Report a Fuel Spill
To report a spill and get DEP assistance with clean-up, call the department’s 24-hour emergency spill hotline at (800) 482-0777. During regular business hours, the call will go to DEP. During nights, weekends and holidays, the call will be routed through a Maine State Police dispatcher who will forward your call to our on-call staff.
FLASH.org: Floods: Disposing of Destroyed Items Properly
Considerations for disposing of debris and destroyed items safely and in compliance with local guidelines.
Maine DEP: Report a Fuel Spill
To report a spill and get DEP assistance with clean-up, call the department’s 24-hour emergency spill hotline at (800) 482-0777. During regular business hours, the call will go to DEP. During nights, weekends and holidays, the call will be routed through a Maine State Police dispatcher who will forward your call to our on-call staff.
and From our Library ...
Returning Home: Record-Keeping

When you are sure your family is taken care of, you may start to think about how to help others. Check with local officials or agencies to see what's needed in your community. Keep the tips below in mind, and visit our Help Others section to learn more

As you clean up your house and yard, think "Safety First"

and From our Library ...
Chain Saw Safety
Tree Cutting and Trimming Safety