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Disaster Preparedness Center

Read here for information on common health risks, and what you can do to protect yourself and your family in the event of a natural disaster. Also, follow our external links to several national authorities for additional information.

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Prevention

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Chances are, you have been washing your own hands for quite a while. All it takes is a little soap and some water, right? Actually, there is a bit more to handwashing. Below, find out how to wash your hands correctly, and why it matters so much.
What would you do if a disaster struck close to your home, and you were instructed to evacuate or “shelter in place”? Are you prepared to meet your family’s needs until help arrives?

Coping

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After experiencing a tragic event, it can be hard to understand and cope with the range of emotions that you may be feeling. Learn about the common responses to disaster and strategies to help yourself heal.
Before you jump into therapy, there are important issues that you need to consider.
Although many people can't imagine sharing their problems with a group, group therapy is a way for individuals to work on their problems in a protected and confidential atmosphere.
It is far healthier to develop the ability to bounce back from adversity than it is to remain mired in misfortune. Learn more about the power of being resilient.
If you or someone you love needs therapy, it helps to know the difference between the types of mental health professionals.

American Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov

US Department of Health & Human Services http://www.hhs.gov

US Environmental Protection Agency http://www.epa.gov

US Food & Drug Administration http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics

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