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HHS HealthBeat (September 23, 2013)

After the storm

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

We often hear about how to get prepared for natural disasters: Make a plan, have a kit, practice it. But what about after the storm? When you pick up the pieces and start to recover, be ready to face situations you didn’t see coming.

Dr. Nicole Lurie is HHS’ assistant secretary for preparedness and response.

“Have you let your friends and loved ones know that you’re okay? Plan to text or email, or use social media to let everybody know you’re okay. Have you found out if your friends and loved ones themselves are okay?”

How are the kids doing? Talk to them about stress, and limit their TV watching, if it involves images of the storm and devastation.

And recognize that it may take some time for your life to return to normal.  

“Do what you can to get you and your family back to a normal routine.”

Learn more at phe.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

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Last revised: September 23, 2013