Recovering From a Disaster
After the storm passes, there will be various adverse conditions, depending on the nature of the storm. Be prepared for the worst. If the damage is widespread and severe enough, it may be a while before help will arrive. As soon as it is safe to do so, emergency responders will begin a "Rapid Assessment" process, which will give a snapshot of the condition of the city, including the condition of critical facilities and casualty reports. At the same time, damage assessment teams will begin the damage assessment process, which will provide an estimate of the amount of damage to private and city property. The results of the Rapid Assessment and damage assessment processes will help to justify state and federal assistance to the city.
Listed below are important actions that you should take following the passage of a hurricane or tropical storm: