So where DO you start when everything has been lost?
Once again, nightmare tornadoes have destroyed homes, businesses, and lives across central and southern America. Piles of debris are all that remain of homes and lifetimes of memories. In the initial hours and days following such a disaster, what do you do? Where do you start when everything has been lost?
In a crisis, it’s easy to lose perspective and fear causes us to, quite literally, not think clearly. A “To Do” list is needed. Here are a few tips from my book.
- You need help! Check to see if a relative or a friend can provide temporary housing for your family. This is no time to be proud. You need help, and your true friends will be more than willing to do anything they can to help.
- If a Red Cross or FEMA shelter isn’t an option, you’ll have to stay in a hotel or a tent. If you’re a timeshare owner, this might be a good time to use up some of those banked weeks!
- Access your important documents in your Grab-n-Go Binder, or the one you have stored with a trusted friend, and begin to contact your insurance companies.
- Quickly access any funds you have in your banking account(s). Remember, in an emergency “Cash is King!” If the power is out, chances are that your debit and credit cards will be useless, and vendors may not be willing to accept checks.
- Use your cell phone or digital camera to begin documenting the damage to your home, vehicle, and property. E-mail the photos to yourself, so you’ll have easy access to them in the future and will be able to forward them to your insurance agent.
- Now, more than ever, spend time with people who lift you up and always seem to see the silver lining behind every cloud.
Above all, guard your mental and emotional health. Be willing to seek out a pastor, counselor, or mental health professional and understand that it’s okay to cry and grieve. Recovery, in every sense of the word, is going to take time.
When our kids are looking to us for guidance and comfort, we moms have to keep it together. We’re resilient like that.
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