Disasters: During and afterward

Last updated 07jun23
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What you need to know

Most people freeze up

Freezing takes many forms:

If it is a stressful situation, unfreeze the people around you. Tell them what they are doing and what they need to do.

Important: Talk about freezing with your family before the disaster. If people know that almost everybody freezes ahead of time, and that they should unfreeze each other, they will be more able to listen.

Freezing is contagious. One person can get everyone else caught up in freeze behavior, like fanning out to look for the cat while the wildfire approaches. Many people respond to stress by trying to take charge. Unless they know about freezing, they may violently resist changing what they are doing.

Immediately after the trouble:

Check the house

Preparing, Repairing, & cleanup


Gas & Electricity


Water problems




Other information

Keep this list taped to the inside of a cabinet or closet door so you can find it in an emergency.

See also

Disaster Readiness    Cleanup afterwards 
Evacuation Misc tips

This information was downloaded from http://www.FamilyReady.org