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Hurricane and Flooding Recovery Resources

Although most of the news outlets have stopped talking about the damage from Hurricane Matthew, many people in the southeast are still dealing with the aftermath.  Recovery from any natural disaster takes time. When returning to your home there are an overwhelming number of things to deal with. The purpose of this blog is to provide links to reliable information as you face decisions about how to handle food, family stress, mold, and rebuilding.

Food

If you have returned home, you have probably already dealt with most of the food and water issues. If not contact your local county Cooperative Extension office for help or check out the links below. In Georgia you can call 1-800-ASK-UGA1 to locate a county office near your home.

Housing & Finances

If you have a mortgage, contact your mortgage servicer once FEMA has declared your area to be a Major Disaster Area. A local HUD approved Housing Counseling Agency can provide counseling and information. Other resources to help you with immediate concerns are listed below.

Removing Mold and Restoring Your Home

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Before you move back home you often have to deal with mold and water damage. HUD developed a helpful Healthy Homes Disaster Recovery Toolkit. This 15 page document is a directory of resources, including the Rebuild Healthy Homes App and 41 page guide to post-disaster restoration (HUD). Additional resources and information on removing mold and salvaging furnishings are listed below.

Family

An important and often overlooked part of recovery has to do with your family. We need to pay attention to the impacts and stress on families and relationships in general in times of natural disasters. Below are some helpful resources.

Prepare before the next disaster.

You can’t foresee all the impacts a natural disaster will have on you and your family, but you can lessent the impact by planning ahead. Below are some resources to help you prepare.

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About Pamela Turner

I am an Associate Professor and Extension Housing & Environment Specialist at the University of Georgia. I have a passion for helping people improve their home environment and live greener and healthier lives. An important part of that is helping people weed through all of the information to find trustworthy sources. www.gafamilies.org/home

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