Many people are under the impression that to be prepared for a disaster, all you need is a 3-day kit, store some extra water, and maybe have some other essentials on hand. What they don’t realize is that preparedness is not only about safety and survival, but also about having the ability to rebuild your life afterwards.
Author Sean Scott, is a disaster restoration contractor and expert on disaster recovery who has helped thousands of families rebuild their lives after floods, fires, storms, and other natural and man-made disasters. Sean wrote a unique book titled The Red Guide to Recovery – Resource Handbook for Disaster Survivors to take the mask of mystery off of the recovery process and help people better understand what challenges people face in the days, weeks and months following disaster events.
According to Scott, “When a fire burns your house down or a tornado leaves you nothing but a bare concrete slab, your 3-day kit, evacuation plan, and survival skills will be of little value when it comes time to start recovery. At this point people need to know what to do, who to trust, and where to turn for help so they can rebuild their homes and lives.
The most common question people ask after a disaster is: "What do I do now?”
Unless you have gone through the recovery process before, you most likely won’t know what steps to take or what to watch out for once the first responders leave the scene.” The Red Guide to Recovery was originally created as a tool for fire departments, emergency management agencies, and relief organizations to hand out to families after disasters. Now, it is also used as a disaster preparedness tool by CERT teams, faith based organizations, corporations, as well as individuals so people can prepare for recovery ahead of time.”
“If you look at the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, Sandy, and even some of the tornados and wildfires that have wiped out communities in the past, you’ll see where homes and businesses are still vacant to this day,” says Scott. “Many of these homes and businesses have been foreclosed on by banks or have property tax liens where the original residents or owners will never be able to return. This is where disaster survivors evolved from survivors into victims.”
Mr. Scott’s hope and prayer is that the message of recovery will spread across our country so people everywhere will be able to rebound from disasters and know how to rebuild their homes and lives. To learn more about The Red Guide to Recovery Guide and tips on what to do after a disaster, visit: www.theredguidetorecovery.com.
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