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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Page 1
    Table of Contents
        Page 2
    Preparing for disaster
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        Page 4
    Preparing for disaster - older adults
        Page 5
        Page 6
    Preparing for disaster - families with infants and toddlers
        Page 7
        Page 8
    Evacuation checklist
        Page 9
        Page 10
    After disaster
        Page 11
        Page 12
    Emergency home power generators
        Page 13
        Page 14
    Seniors - after the hurricane
        Page 15
        Page 16
    Food preparation and safety after a hurricane
        Page 17
        Page 18
    Filing an insurance claim
        Page 19
        Page 20
    Waste management after hurricane or flood
        Page 21
        Page 22
    Talking with your child after disaster
        Page 23
        Page 24
    Important contacts and numbers
        Page 25
    Extension district offices
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Table of Content


* Preparing for Disaster

Preparing for Disaster Older Adults

* Preparing for Disaster Families with infants and toddlers

* Evacuation Checklist

* After Disaster

* Emergency Home Power Generators

* Seniors After the Hurricane

S Food Preparation and Safety after a Hurricane

* Filing an Insurance Claim

* Waste Management after Hurricane or Flood

* Talking with your Child after Disaster

Important Contacts and numbers









PREPARING FOR DISASTER
No one likes to think about what might happen in case of a disaster. Why
plan for something that may never happen? Why not wait to prepare until a
disaster is at hand? Disasters rarely give enough advance warning to give
you time to do all you need to do to prepare. Even if they do, the stress you
experience from leaving everything for the last minute is not worth it! Make
planning a family project. This will help everyone to know what their
responsibilities are and give the family a sense of security.

Here are the three things you must do in order to plan for financial
recovery after disaster:
Gather important papers and documents
Prepare a home inventory
Ensure that your insurance is adequate to cover your needs in the
event of disaster

Important Papers
Many of us know how stressful it can be to have to look for important
papers in a "mini-emergency" situation. Whether you tore up the house
looking for your Social Security card the last time you started a new job,
spent an afternoon trying to track down a birth certificate for school
enrollment, or just hunted down your passport before your last vacation,
you probably know that tracking down a "few pieces of paper" takes time
and brings stress. Protect those valuable papers and your financial future
now. It is important to keep many of your important documents and
paperwork in a fireproof and waterproof container.

Always keep these things with you:
Photo ID
Medical information, such as blood type, health conditions,
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Credit cards
Cash for emergencies
Emergency contact information
On-the-Go Papers and Documents
Prepare a special packet in case of disaster. You can store many of these
documents electronically on a CD, disk, or USB flash drive. You can scan
some of these original documents into your computer or have them scanned
in so that you can have an electronic archive. Keep this packet together in
one accessible but secure place so you can "grab them and go."
Include these items:
Checking and banking account numbers and bank names
List of savings and investments. Include CDs, stocks, bonds and
mutual funds
Credit card safety record
Household inventory
Insurance policies, with the name of the company, type of policy,
and policy number
Copy of wills, trust documents, Living Wills/Advance Directives
Titles (house, car, other property)
Certificates (or copies)
o Birth
o Marriage
o Divorce
o Death
o Adoption
Passports
Educational Records

For More Information
Disaster Planning ImportantPapers andDocuments, by Josephine Turner:
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/FY619










Disasters create challenges for older adults and caregivers. In
addition to the planning and basic disaster supply kit that
everyone needs, you may need to make special plans.
Important Things to Do to Prepare
Make lists and put your needs and the needs of the
person you care for in writing
Let family, friends, and neighbors know what you need
Keep extra supplies on hand
Lists and Information You Need to Write Down
Emergency information contact list and transportation
plan
Detailed medical information
Medications, dosage, special instructions, location
Special dietary needs
List of doctors, relatives, and friends to notify if you are
hurt; include addresses and phone numbers
List of the styles and serial numbers of medical devices
Detailed description of your daily routine
Actions that cause extra pain, nervousness, or distress
for you or your care receiver
How to care for and handle your service animal, if you
have one
Medical insurance and Medicare cards
The location of the special needs evacuation centers
nearest you. Know how to get there from your home.
If you are dependent on dialysis or other life-sustaining
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than one facility where you can receive treatment.
The size and weight of your wheelchair, and whether or
not it is collapsible, in case it has to be transported.
Inform Others about Your Needs
Let people know how they can help you
Tell them where you keep your emergency supplies
Give someone a key to your home
Ask your city or county emergency information
management office to put you on their lists of people
with disabilities so they can find you quickly in case of
emergency. Let them know if you leave your home.
Notify your utility company if you need electricity to
operate medical equipment
Wear medical alert bracelets or tags
Show others how to operate your medical equipment
Keep Extra Supplies on Hand
Prescription medications
Extra eyeglasses and hearing aid batteries
Extra wheelchair batteries, oxygen supplies
Disaster Planning Tips for Senior Adults, by Carolyn
Wilken, at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/FY620 has additional
suggestions for items to add to your supply list.
From: Preparing for Disaster: Strategies for Older Adults
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/FY750
For More Information
Disaster Preparednessfor Seniors by Seniors: Available from
the American Red Cross or online at
http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/beprepared/seniors.html









PREPARING FOR DISASTER-FAMILIES WITH
INFANTS AND TODDLERS
The logistics of going anywhere with an infant or young child can challenge
you as a parent. That challenge is magnified by disaster, so careful planning
is crucial.

The Key Things to Remember
Breastfed infants should continue breastfeeding. See Breastfeeding
after Disaster at
http://fvcs.ifas.ufl.edu/news/2006/09/breastfeeding-during-
disaster.html for information on the advantages of breastfeeding
after disaster. Keep prepared formula in your emergency kit if your
baby is formula-fed.
Include your child's birth certificate, Social Security card, and
immunization records among your important papers
If your child is in daycare, know the emergency plans your
provider follows.

Your Emergency Kit
Additional items to keep in your emergency kit if you have a baby or
toddler:
Prepared formula. If prepared formula is not available, use only
bottled water to mix with powdered formula. Disinfected water is
not recommended.
Disposable diapers and diaper changing supplies. Baby wipes,
hand sanitizer, and a changing pad are especially necessary for
health and safety when you may not have access to clean running
water.
Favorite blanket and toys
Powdered milk (for toddlers who drink cow's milk)
Medications and baby care items (infant pain reliever, medicine
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thermometer, nasal aspirator)
Enough clothing, diapers, food, and water for at least three days.
Keep in mind that babies and toddlers will go through multiple
changes of clothes in a day, particularly when away from home.
Storing each set of clothing in an airtight bag will keep the clothes
clean and ready to wear and provide a place to store dirty clothing
when you change your child.

Child Care and Schools
Ask your child's school and childcare about their disaster plan:
o How do they notify parents of a school closure?
o Where is the meeting place in case of disaster?
o How do they ensure that children are released only to
authorized caregivers?
o What numbers are available to contact the daycare
provider in case of emergency?

For More Information
For more on hurricane preparation:
http://solutionsforvourlife.ufl.edu/hot topics/main page/hurricane prep ge
neral.html

For more on preparing a family disaster kit, visit FloridaDisaster.org at
mhp \ \ \ .floridadisaster.org

For more on breastfeeding during emergencies, visit
hup \\ \ \\ .llli.org/NB/NBdisaster.html or call the LLL Breastfeeding
Hotline at 1-877-4-LALECHE (1-877-452-5324)

For more on preparing to handle disasters and family readiness, visit the
American Academy of Pediatrics Family Readiness Kit at
huip %\ .aap.org/family/f/frkfit.htm









EVACUATION CHECKLIST
No one ever wants to evacuate, but sometimes it is the best thing to do. If
you are ordered to evacuate, do so immediately. If you are being ordered to
evacuate, it is because authorities have decided that your life is in danger.
Here Are Some Things to Keep In Mind as You Evacuate
Leave a note saying where you are going
Lock your home
Take your hurricane evacuation kit
Before You Leave
Know your evacuation route and follow directions
Make arrangements for pets
Let an out-of-town relative or friend know your plans
Turn off your electricity and water
Bring in or secure outdoor items that may blow around in strong
winds (garbage cans, barbecue grills, children's toys, lawn
furniture)
Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings
Fill bathtubs, washing machines, and other containers with water
Prepare your evacuation kit
Fill your car with gas
Evacuation Kit
Battery-operated radio
At least a 2-week supply of medication
Extra clothing, including sturdy shoes
First aid kit
Blankets and pillows
Books and toys
Important papers


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Supply of water, non-perishable food, and snacks
Flashlight
Don't forget special items needed for your infant, elderly and
people with disabilities
Take supplies for pets:
o Water
o Food (w/manual can opener if it is moist food)
o Bowls
o Collars with tags
o Leash
o Cat litter pan/scooper
o Vet information
On the Road
Listen to local radio stations or NOAA weather radio for updates
to watches and warnings
Stay away from floodwaters which can occur ahead of the storm
Be prepared for traffic and detours and wear your seatbelt.
For More Information:
Hurrcane Preparation: Evacuating Your Home, by Elizabeth B. Bolton:
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/FY747

Preparing to Evacuate YourHome in Case of an Emergency, by Elizabeth B.
Bolton: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/FY616

Disaster Planning: Important Papers and Documents, by Josephine Turner:
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/FY619

Remember: Evacuate quickly when ordered. Let your family and friends
know your plans. Don't forget your emergency supplies. Keep yourself and
emergency workers safe by following their orders.









AFTER DISASTER
As you begin to recover from a disaster that strikes your home, you will be
wondering what to do first, how to clean up, and where to start. We want to
help you get back on track.
The Three Most Important Things to Know
Protect yourself and family first
Protect your home and belongings from further damage
Address financial issues without delay
How to Protect Yourself and Your Family
Most storm-related injuries and illness occur after the emergency is over.
Wait until local emergency officials give clearance to start clean-up. Then
be careful of the many hazards.
Avoid downed power lines
Use caution when entering damaged buildings
Ask for help when moving heavy items
Wear sturdy shoes, long-sleeved clothes, and pants
Wash hands well with soap and water, and do this often
Do not use contaminated water to brush teeth, prepare food, make
ice, or wash dishes
Discard all food, wooden cutting boards and utensils, plastic
utensils, baby bottle nipples, and pacifiers that were exposed to
floodwaters
Refrigerated food should be safe if the power has been out for no
more than 4 hours. Discard any perishable food that has been
above 41 F for more than 2 hours.

How to Protect Your Home from Further Damage and Clean
Up
Securing and cleaning your home must begin as soon as possible. Mold
caused by water in your home can cause health problems for years to come.


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Take these steps to begin cleaning up damage in your home:
Clean walls, floors, and surfaces with soap and water. Disinfect
with a solution of one (1) cup of bleach to five (5) gallons water.
Do not use portable generators inside the house. Never hook a
generator directly to household wiring. Connect appliances one at a
time to the generator.
Dry out your home. Open doors, windows, cabinets, and closet
doors. Run dehumidifiers and fans. Throw away any soaked floor
coverings.
Patch holes by covering them with tarps and nailing these down
with wood strips or taping them down with duct tape.
Remove debris.
How to Address Financial Issues
Collect important documents
Photograph your home and make lists of damage before cleanup
Notify your insurance company of your loss
Notify your employer as soon as possible
Ask for Help
These agencies and organizations provide help to people affected by
disaster.
FEMA: If you live in a county declared a major disaster area by
the president, you may qualify for additional assistance and tax
relief. Contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY), or
go to lllp \\\\\.fema.gov.
State and county emergency preparedness offices: Look in the blue
pages (government section) of the telephone book.
Red Cross: Visit http://www.redcross.org or call 1(800) 733-2767.









EMERGENCY HOME POWER GENERATORS
You have purchased a portable home generator and brought it home. You
have saved the day, because now your power is out. These devices can help
you use home appliances to make a blackout safer and more comfortable.
However, for your safety and the safety of your family, friends, and
neighbors, you need to take care when using home generators.

The Important Things to Know
Ventilation is needed
Safely hook up your generator
Fueling and refueling safety precautions are a must

Ventilation
Never use a home generator inside your home or attached garage.
Use carbon monoxide alarms to alert you to dangerous levels of
carbon monoxide in your home
Do not place a home generator anywhere where animals or people
gather
Opening doors and windows does NOT provide adequate
ventilation

Safely Hook Up Your Generator
Never hook the generator directly to your home power supply.
Connect the appliances/equipment you want to power directly to
the generator. If this is not possible, use heavy-duty outdoor-rated
extension cords.
Do not overload your generator. Keep in mind that portable
generators will not power every appliance in your home. Only use
the generator for essential items (refrigerator, a light, air
conditioning).
Follow all directions that came with your generator.


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Take Care with Fuel and Refueling Your Generator
Do not store fuel for your generator inside your home.
Store fuel in approved containers.
Turn off all equipment powered by the generator before shutting it
down.
Allow the generator to cool down before refueling.

Remember, safety should be your first concern when using a portable home
generator. Always follow the directions that came with your generator to
ensure that you are using it safely. Use proper ventilation. Don't forget that
the fuel is a fire hazard, and use care with the storage of fuel and refueling
of your generator.

For More Information
Visit Solutionsforyourlife.com: http://solutionsforvourlife.com

Contact your electrician or the manufacturer of your home generator

Contact the Electrical Safety Foundation International: at
htll \ "\ .electrical-safetv.org, or703-841-3229









SENIORS-AFTER THE HURRICANE
Disasters hit everyone hard, but especially older adults. Services you
usually rely on may be off-schedule. You need to find a reliable contractor.
You did not reach your age without being a survivor and you can do it again.
The Three Most Important Things to Know
Emotional and physical reactions to disaster are normal
Don't be too proud to ask for and accept help
Be aware that con artists and fraudulent contractors may target
seniors
Your Feelings Are Normal
If the disaster has just been "one more thing" added to an already rough
time or if it has made getting things done harder than usual, you may feel
life is out of control. Here are some ideas to help relieve the stress:
Stick with your schedule and do one thing at a time
Take medications on time.
Keep in touch with friends and family
Get to know your neighbors
Ask for Help
You have been living an independent life, and you do not intend to change
that now, disaster or no disaster.
You endanger yourself as well as others when you push yourself
too hard. Accepting assistance will not keep others who "need
more help" from receiving assistance. You do not need to
apologize for asking for help.
Let others know of medical needs you have, and what you need to
stay healthy and in communication. This includes sharing what
medications you take, hearing difficulties, dietary needs, and what
things you "need a little help" doing on a daily basis.
Asking for help understanding instructions, paperwork, or anything
else does not mean you are senile or unable to care for yourself. In
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activities.
When you call for assistance, have pencil and paper handy to write
down instructions, and state your needs clearly.
Call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337) for
information regarding elder services and activities. Contact FEMA
(first step for disaster assistance) at 1-800-621-3362
Be Aware of Fraud
Sadly, con artists often target seniors. Stay calm and be skeptical
of any claims. Only hire contractors licensed by the state of Florida.
You can check this by visiting http://www.myfloridalicense.com or
calling 1-850-487-1395.
Get information from unbiased sources, and do not be pressured
into on-the-spot decisions
Get more than one estimate and get everything in writing
Be especially careful of people going door-to-door asking for your
business
For More Information
After the Huricanes Have Gone: Stress and Decision Making When Living
Alone, by Carolyn Wilken. This is available online at
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/FY774, or you can get a copy from your local
Extension office.

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Florida Division of Emergency Management: 1-850-413-9969

Florida Elder Services: http://www.floridaelderresource.com, or call 1-800-
963-5337 to be automatically connected to the Elder Helpline for resources
in your area.

Remember, you are not alone, and people want to help you. There are
plenty of resources to help you emotionally, physically, and financially
recover from this disaster.










Your electricity is out. You have thawed food that cannot be refrozen. Your
family is hungry. These tips will help.
Three Important Things to Know
Food safety is more important than ever.
Be fire safe.
Use safe water for cooking.
Food Safety
Food kept in a closed, full freezer will be safe for around 48 hours. A closed
refrigerator should keep food safe for about 4 hours. If the temperature rises
above 400 F in your refrigerator or freezer, discard all perishable food.
Throw away all food that has been exposed to floodwaters. This
includes food in cans, plastic, glass, and cardboard containers.
Discard all paper, wood, or plastic items that contain food or are
used in food preparation that have had contact with floodwaters.
Clean and sanitize all food preparation surfaces and the inside of
your refrigerator and freezer before use.
Wash and sanitize all utensils before use:
o Completely immerse them in clean water and bring it to a
rolling boil for 1 minute; allow to cool, remove, and air
dry prior to use; or
o Completely immerse them in clean water (room
temperature) containing one (1) teaspoons of unscented
chlorine bleach per quart or four (4) teaspoons unscented
chlorine bleach per gallon for 15 minutes; remove and air
dry prior to use.
Wash your hands with clean water and soap before handling foods
and after handling contaminated surfaces
Use paper/plastic items for serving foods until running water is
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Fire Safety
Never use a charcoal or gas grill inside the house, in a carport, or
in a garage.
Do not start a fire in the fireplace unless you know the chimney is
not broken.
Do not use gasoline to help start a fire.
If you smell gas, or hear a hissing sound, open a window and leave
immediately. Do not smoke; use your gas stove, candles, or
lanterns until you are sure there are no gas leaks.
Keep kids and pets away from grills, candles and other fire sources.
Drinking Water Safety
Use only disinfected or bottled water for food preparation, to brush
teeth, and to give to pets.
Do not drink or cook with pool water.
Disinfect water correctly.
If you are under a "boil water notice," follow directions from local
officials on how to disinfect the water.
In general: heat water at a rolling boil for 1 to 3 minutes. A rolling
boil means that all of the water is moving and large bubbles
continually rise and break the surface of the water.
If you cannot boil water, add 1/8 tsp (about 8 drops) to 1/4 tsp (if
water is cloudy) of unscented, liquid household bleach to one
gallon of water; stir well, and let stand for thirty minutes. Listen to
local announcements and authorities to learn the recommendation
for your area.
For More Information
Safe Handling of Food and Water in a Hurricane or Related Disaster:
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/FS131

Hurricane Preparation: A Q&A Guide to Water and Food Safety and
Quality, by Amy Simonne and Ronald Schmidt:
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/FY744









FILING AN INSURANCE CLAIM
After a disaster, you want to get everything back to normal as soon as
possible. One of the most important parts of that process is filing an
insurance claim to help with your expenses. These tips will help you get
through that process.
The Three Things You Need To Know
How to file a claim
What you need to do
How the process works
How to File a Claim
Call your agent immediately. Your agent will need to know:
o Your name
o Address
o Policy number
o Where you can be reached.
Document your losses. Make a detailed list of your lost and
damaged property.
Photograph and/or videotape damage
Do not throw away damaged property without approval from your
insurance company
What You Need to Do
Check for structural damage and safety hazards before entering an
area
Keep receipts for any temporary repairs, housing, and cleaning
relating to your claim
Protect property from further damage and theft
Keep copies of lists and documents you submit to the insurance
company and any paperwork the insurance company gives you.
How the Process Works
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bids on repairs
An insurance company adjustor will come to see the damage and
your documentation. Do not get permanent repairs before the
adjustor has approved the price of repairs. Be sure you or someone
you trust is there when the adjustor comes to assess damage.
You may need to sign a "proof of loss form"
You and the adjustor agree on the amount of settlement. You don't
need to hurry. If you can't agree, you can arrange mediation
through the Insurance Consumer Help Line: 1-800-342-2762
You repair your home and replace belongings. Some insurance
companies may handle the contract for repairs.
Your insurance company generally will pay in two checks: one
before repair work starts, and the balance once the repairs are done
and have been inspected.
For More Information
Six Steps in Making an Insurance Claim, by Regina Fegan and Michael T.
Olexa. This is available online at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/DH199, or you can
get a copy from your local Extension office.

During and after tropical storms and hurricanes, a special consumer helpline
for assistance on any insurance matter is opened. That number is 1-800-22-
STORM (1-800-227-8676).

Tips for Filing an Insurance Claim:
hlp "" %\ .fema.gov/rebuild/recover/claim.shtm

Settling Insurance Claims afterDisasterfrom the Insurance Information
Institute: http://www.iii.org/media/publications/brochures/settlingclaim/

The road to repairing and rebuilding after a disaster can be difficult.
Knowing how to file a claim, what to expect along the way to settlement
and what is covered will help you rebuild successfully!









WASTE MANAGEMENT AFTER HURRICANE OR FLOOD
So much cleaning up to do, so many things to throw away...and it feels like
too much. Many people have expressed concerns about how to manage
debris after disaster. Here are some tips.

The Three Most Important Things to Know
Dispose of food waste as soon as possible. Place it in tightly sealed
cans so that it will not spread disease or attract animals.
Separate yard waste from household waste
Seek assistance in properly disposing of chemicals and housing
materials that may contain asbestos, lead, and insulation.

Waste Disposal
Your garbage disposal most likely will not be usable immediately
after disaster.
Never put food waste in bags outside. Instead, use tightly sealed
cans.
Debris collection schedules likely will be "off after a disaster.
Place your debris curbside as soon as possible, but realize
collection may take several weeks.
Cut all tree limbs into sections of four feet or less.
Place debris curbside. Avoid placing debris near mailboxes, parked
cars, and power lines.
Separate waste: household garbage, yard waste, glass items and
miscellaneous.
Use proper precautions when disposing of household chemicals
and building materials that may contain lead, asbestos, or other
hazardous materials.
Individual bags and cans of waste should not weigh more than 50
pounds.
Local media sources and your department of waste management will give
you specific instructions and collection information.


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Clean up is one of the biggest and most important jobs to tackle after
disaster. Assist your local waste management authorities by:
Disposing of food waste promptly in tightly sealed containers
Separating yard waste, household waste and hazardous waste
Placing your debris for easy pick-up

For More Information
Safe Management ofAsbestos. hup \\ n .epa.gov/asbestos/

Safe Management ofLead-based Paint http://www.epa.gov/oppt/lead/

Clean Up Safely After a Huricane:
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TALKING WITH YOUR CHILD AFTER DISASTER
A disaster can make a child afraid. A child can mix up real fear and make-
believe fear. This is okay. You can help.
How Can a Parent Help?
Don't leave the child alone in a new place.
Stay together to show you won't go away.
Tell the child about the disaster.
Tell the child you were afraid, but try not to dwell on this.
Keep regular schedules for meals, playtime, and bedtime as much
as possible.
Limit your child's access to media reports about the disaster.
Talk With the Child
Help the child talk.
Listen to the child.
Say it's okay to be afraid.
Hold and hug the child.
Explain. Talk. Listen. Over and over.
Talk about the disaster using words your child understands.
Let the child help clean up.
Put order in your day as best you can.
Tell the child about your plans each day.
Stay close together.
Bedtime May Be Difficult
A child may not want to sleep away from you.
A child may be afraid of the dark.
A child may have bad dreams.
A child may wet the bed.
Praise the child for good behavior.


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Don't yell at the child.
Don't spank the child.
Agree on a time for the child to go to bed.
Leave the door open a little.
Read to the child.
Tell a story about a good time today.

If you stay worried about the child, seek help. Schools can help you find
professional help. Remember, this is a hard time for you, too.

From: "Helping Children after a Disaster," The DisasterHandbook, Section
4.6, University of Florida/IFAS: http://disaster.ifas.ufl.edu/

For More Information
Parenting After a Natural Disaster, by
Donna Davis and Suzanna Smith: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/FMOO 1

Managing the Stress of War and Terrorism: Guidelines for Families, by
Suzanna D. Smith: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/FY622

Helping Children Cope with Disaster
hip "\ .fema.gov/rebuild/recover/cope child.shtm


National Mental Health Information Center:
http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/, 1-800-789-2647










Nationwide
Federal Emergency Management Agency: http://www.fema.org, 1-800-
FEMA (3362)

American Red Cross: mhp \ \ .redcross.org, 1-800-733-2767

American Red Cross Safe and Well Registry:
https://disastersafe.redcross.org/

Ready.gov:hup l \ \\.readv.gov

Florida
Florida Division of Emergency Management: http://www.floridadisaster.org,
1-850-413-9969

Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement: hup %\ %\ \ .fdle.state.fl.us/, 1-850-410-
7233

Florida Department of Financial Services (insurance questions and
complaints): lhp \ \ \\ .fldfs.com, 1-800-22-STORM (1-800-227-8676)

Florida Cooperative Extension publications and information on all aspects
of disaster preparation and recovery for businesses, homes, and families:
http://solutionsforvourlife.ufl.edu/communitv development/disaster prepare
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