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Dealing With Disasters

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Dealing With Disasters

During disasters, it can be hard to know what to do, and how to deal with unimaginable tragedy, destruction and loss… this list has resources available on the Internet, for Adults, Adolescents, Children, with information on traumatic stress, stress in disasters, how to cope, how to talk to your family and children about a disaster.
Soon to be added, tips and resources to help pets, in field, international, and multilingual resources…

Red Cross: Searching for Family Members

During an emergency, letting your family know that you are safe can bring loved ones peace of mind. If you have a loved one in a disaster-affected area and are unable to contact them directly, please visit our Safe and Well service to see if your family member has registered. If no information is available, contact your local Red Cross chapter to request assistance.

Help for Military Families, Active Duty Service Members, Veterans

Find Your Local Red Cross Chapter by Zip Code

Resources on the Web:

General & Adult Resources

Coping with Traumatic Stress Reactions -from VA Webpage

Fact Sheet on Stress- National Institute of Mental Health -Webpage, and PDF available
PTSD Meetup Groups- Search in your local area
Coping With Traumatic Events- SAMHSHA webpage   
Taking Care of You Coping Guidelines – From American Red Cross  
Red Cross Trauma & Emotional Support – all pdfs, all languages for download  
Trauma Information on Mental Health & Coping- Webpage 
Coping with Traumatic Stress 
Coping With Stress– CDC- Webpage

Adolescent & Children Resources for Parents

Helping Children Cope with Disaster (from FEMA)  
Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: For Parents  (From National Institue of Health)
Where to Get Help for PTSD: General, Family, Military -National Center for PTSD
Helping Children Cope in Unsettling Times: Tips for Parents and Teachers– NASP
What Community Members Can Do: Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters- National Institute of Mental Health -Webpage, and PDF available

National Help Hotlines For USA

Disaster Distress Helpline

“Feeling stressed? If you or someone you know has been affected by a disaster and needs immediate assistance, please call this toll-free number for information, support, and counseling. You will be connected to the nearest crisis center.”

1-800-985-5990 or
Text TalkWithUs to 66746

TTY for Deaf/Hearing Impaired:
1-800-846-8517

Also you can call:

Samariteens Emotional Support Hotline (For Teens)    800-252-8336

Samaritans Emotional Grief Support & Suicidal Hotline

877-870-4673

24 hours a day: 617-247-0220 and 508-875 4500

Other Resources:

Ready.gov on Recovering from Disasters:

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.

 

This originally started as a spreadsheet and I wanted to make the list more publicly available in wake of the Boston Marathon Bombings, and more recently, the Texas and Oklahoma Tornadoes this month… Tragedies and disasters can be stressful and anxiety provoking. We are all human, we are all breakable. If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask for it, seek it out!

(Kelli Merritz)

May 18, 2013 Oklahoma Tornadoes Resources

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FEMA: Oklahoma Severe Storms and Tornadoes (DR-4117) Disaster Declaration

Disaster Recovery Center Locator

Current Real Time Weather Alerts For OK (from KOCO Weather)

From the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office:

Investigators with the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office are investigating instances of price gouging and ask that anyone who experiences price gouging to contact the AG’s Office immediately on the fraud hotline at (405) 521-2029. The practice is illegal.
Also, the first scams typically seen following such tragic situations is charity fraud. Please stay alert and only donate to reputable charities.

Help for Military Families, Active Duty Service Members, Veterans

Resources for Native Americans:

The Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference Disaster Relief Team, whose mission is to provide direct support, care, and assistance to American Indian victims of disasters, is serving as a focal point to coordinate Native relief efforts. Rev. David Wilson, Choctaw, head of the OIMC Disaster Relief Team, has provided a telephone number for people who need help or who want to provide assistance; the team can be reached directly at 405.632.2006.

Resources for dentists, physicians, and veterinarians:

Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world’s largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, medical and animal health practitioners, today announced that it has opened the Henry

Schein Disaster Relief Hotline for dentists, physicians, and veterinarians who experience operational, logistical, or financial issues as a result of the devastating tornado in Oklahoma. The toll-free number for all Henry Schein customers – 800-999-9729 – is operational from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET.

“We are all so deeply saddened by the devastating tornado that has struck the Oklahoma City region,” said Stanley Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, Inc.  “When this kind of natural disaster occurs, it is imperative that we do all we can to help those impacted by such a tragedy. We encourage practitioners to call our hotline, so that we can assist in their recovery as quickly as possible.”

Wireless Carriers:

Sprint and AT&T have said they are waiving voice, data and text overage charges through June 30 for customers in the affected areas of the May 18, 2013 Tornadoes

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How to Help Tornado Victims (from newsok.com)
Federal Assistance Information – Press Release from Governor Mary Fallin
The City of Moore Recovers Website
OKStrong Website
Sign up to receive weather alerts by email and phone from OK Office of Emergency Management

Resources From Oklahoma OEM; Helpful Links-

National Weather Service

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Interactive Weather Information Network

Oklahoma Emergency Management Association

Oklahoma Water Resource Board

Central Plains Visible Satellite

Doppler Radar Sites

Oklahoma Red Flag Fire Alert

Oklahoma’s Official Website

Additional Resources

Local Emergency Contacts

National Resources

Oklahoma Resources

Oklahoma Weather

Oklahoma Emergency Manager Directory

 Updated as of 1100 CDT 5/23/13

 

Northern Texas Tornadoes

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Crushed autos sit amid the rubble as emergency personnel continue search efforts to locate people in that are unaccounted for in the destroyed Rancho Brazos neighborhood of Granbury, Texas, Thursday, May 16, 2013. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless.

Thursday, May 2013. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless.  Photo via Dallas Star AP

In Northern Texas, 10 tornadoes touched down overnight, including one monster tornado, ‘almost a mile wide’.  They appeared  in several communities, Granbury being the hardest hit.  EMS Search and Rescue teams face a demanding and chaotic situation in Granbury.  There are still search and rescue operations taking pace, with about 100 injured, and 6 found dead so far.  In the Northern Texas, tornadoes touched down in the area of the town of Granbury.  The deadly storm system had a powerful impact, leaving in its wake mere rubble collapsed homes, obliterated neighborhoods, shocked communities, 100s homeless, and 20,000 without electricity. To convey the devastation, Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds advised that the total of people injured, or dead has the potential to climb as search and rescue teams pick through the debris of tattered and destroyed homes. The hardest hit within Granbury was in the southern end of the town with the well known neighborhoods of Rancho Brazos Estates and DeCordova Ranch.  The town of Granbury, Texas has an estimated population of 8,000 residents.

 

The top priority “is to try to get the people that are out there in the community under a shelter somewhere” and to account for the missing.

 -Granbury Mayor Pro Tem Nin Hulett

 *Authorities warn death toll could rise as rubble searched

* About 100 people injured as homes destroyed, trees uprooted

* 3 separate tornadoes strike near Dallas-Fort Worth 

 

American Red Cross Shelter Finder 

Shelters Open:

First Christian Church Of Granbury
2109 W. Highway 377
Granbury ,TX 76048
Shelter Capacity : 100
Current Residents : 31

(as of 3:41PM CDT May 17, 2013)

 

 

 

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