After the Storm


The storm is over, so now what do you do? Here are some suggestions:
  • Listen to local officials for updates and instructions. 
  • Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media. 
  • Watch out for debris and downed power lines. 
  • If you are trapped, do not move about or kick up dust. Tap on a pipe or wall or use a whistle, if you have one, so that rescuers can locate you. 
  • Stay out of damaged buildings and homes until local authorities indicate it is safe. 
  • Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim
  • Do what you can to prevent further damage to your property, (e.g., putting a tarp on a damaged roof), as insurance may not cover additional damage that occurs after the storm. 
  • If your home is without power, use flashlights or battery-powered lanterns rather than candles to prevent accidental fires. 
  • Be careful of scams. Unfortunately, there are individuals who are willing to take advantage of people after a disaster. Here are some tips for avoiding disaster fraud.
IF AFTER THE STORM YOU ARE STILL HAVING DIFFICULTY COPING, YOU MAY CONSIDER SEEKING FURTHER INFORMATION: 

The effects of tornadoes can be long lasting and the resulting trauma can impact even those not directly affected by the disaster. Below are some tips for managing traumatic stress after a storm.
Crisis Counseling 
  • SAMHSAS’s Disaster Distress Helpline 
    • 1-800-985-5990 
    • Text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746 
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline/Veterans Crisis Line: 
    • 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 
  • 2-1-1 Oklahoma: 2-1-1 Oklahoma is an easy-access system for information and referral to community services for those who need help and those who provide help. Visit their website here.