Disaster Resources

Coping With a Disaster...

If you or someone you know and/or love has just experienced a traumatic event you will be very busy over the next several days caring for your immediate needs. Finding a new place to stay, cleaning up making repairs, and filling out claim forms will occupy a majority of your time. As the shock wears off you will start to put your life back together. Below is a list of things that will help you to take care of your “whole” self:


Tips for Coping and Self-Care...


Common Symptoms after a Crisis or Disaster...

  • Irritability/Anger
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Inability to sleep
  • Nightmares/Sadness
  • Headaches or nausea
  • Hyperactivity
  • Lack of concentration
  • Recurring thoughts of the event
  • Feeling numb, “in a fog”

Contact one of Trumbull County’s Crisis Team Counseling Agencies listed below if symptoms persist. Recognize that seeking professional help doesn’t mean you are weak, inadequate, or crazy.


Helping Others...

  • Listen with interest
  • Encourage people to talk about their experience
  • Spend time together
  • Reassure them that they are safe
  • Help with everyday tasks like cleaning, cooking or caring for their family
  • Allow some private time
  • Try to maintain a normal routine
  • Do not take normal responses of anger personally

Your Family Disaster Plan...

Disaster can strike quickly anywhere, anytime. If this happens, will you be ready?

Emergency Supplies

  • 3-day supply of water and non-perishable food
  • One change of clothing and sturdy footwear per person
  • First aid kit including any of your family’s prescription medications
  • Battery-powered radio, flash-light, and extra batteries
  • Extra set of car keys, credit card, cash or traveler’s checks
  • Sanitation and hygiene supplies
  • Extra pair of eyeglasses
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • List of important information and phone numbers (doctor, etc)

Creating A Disaster Plan

  • Pick two places to meet in case you and your family are separated.
  • Have an out-of-state friend or relative as a family contact in case you are separated and local phone service is out.
  • Plan pet care in case you have to evacuate your home.

 

Emergency Contact Information

Police/Fire 911

American Red Cross 330-392-2551

Trumbull 211 - dial 211

Emergency Management Agency 330-675-6601

Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services - The Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board Providers:

            Catholic Charities 330-393-4254

            Churchill Counseling 330-759-3040

            Coleman Behavioral Health 330-394-8831

            Community Solutions 330-394-9090

            Compass Family and Community Services 330-743-9275

            PsyCare Inc. 330-856-6663

            Valley Counseling 330-394-6244

 


Recommended Websites

Flu Prevention/Vaccination

Centers for Disease Control

Citizen Corps

FEMA

NOAA National Weather Service

US Department of Homeland Security

Ohio Department of Public Safety

Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress

Coping with Violence and Tragic Events


Printable Resources

Secondary Traumatic Stress - A Fact Sheet for Child-Serving Professionals

Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit

Mass Disasters, Traumas, and Loss

Reactions to a Major Disaster: A Fact Sheet for Survivors and Their Families

TIPS for First Responders

Managing the Emotional Consequences of Severe Weather

Tips for First Responders - Possible Alcohol and Substance Abuse Indicators

Tips for Survivors of a Traumatic Event - What to Expect in Your Personal, Family, Work, and Financial Life

Are You Ready for a Thunderstorm?

Pandemic Flu Planning Checklist for Individuals & Families

Family Supply List

Winter Driving Tips

Winter Poison Safety Tips

Diminishing the Anxiety of Pandemic Influenza

Winter Fires...Safety Tips for the Home

Homeland Security Response Guide

Coping After a Disaster