"Recovering from a disaster is usually a gradual process. Safety is a primary issue, as are mental and physical well-being. If assistance is available, knowing how to access it makes the process faster and less stressful. This section offers some general advice on steps to take after disaster strikes in order to begin getting your home, your community, and your life back to normal. Your fi rst concern after a disaster is your family's health and safety. You need to consider possible safety issues and monitor family health and well-being."
Federal Emergency Management Agency: http://www.fema.gov/