After a Disaster
Depending on the nature and severity of the disaster or emergency, recovery will occur at a national, provincial, community, and personal level.
Keep these tips in mind as you and your family recover from a disaster:
- Keep records of all costs, including hotels, meals, travel, clean-up and repairs.
- Determine what community services are available to assist you during this period (transportation, schools, stores, daycare, etc.)
- Call your insurance agency.
- Do not go back to your home until emergency crews have said the area is safe.
- Follow instructions from authorities on how to decontaminate and clean your home, especially after a flood or dangerous goods accident.
- Use flashlights to assess the damage to your home. If you smell gas or an unusual odour, leave immediately and call authorities.
- Ensure water and food is safe to drink.
- Assess the damage to your home thoroughly. Compare this record to the photos or video tape you made of your home before the disaster to remember forgotten items.
- Do not throw out damaged goods until an official inventory can be made by your insurance company or emergency services department.
- Access government aid and relief if it is available. The Province of Saskatchewan has a program to help disaster victims cope with the cost of repairs and recovery from disaster-related property damage.