Disaster survivors are often overwhelmed by stress and uncertainty after a loss caused by fire, earthquake, flooding, tornado or other type of disaster. The upheaval and displacement that accompany severe damage to their home and local surroundings may be severe.
The Red Guide to Recovery was created to address such stress and uncertainty by providing the information and tools survivors need to cope with a disaster. Its mission is to guide survivors through the recovery process, to walk them step-by-step through the many decisions that must be made at a difficult and emotional time in the survivors’ lives. In short, it helps answer the question asked by all disaster survivors as the first responders depart: “Now what?”
If you are reading this book as a disaster survivor, we are hopeful you received it directly from first responders. It is in to their hands we sought to place the book so they can aid in its distribution to those who need it, when they need it. After all, their mission, like ours and like the mission of the book itself, is to be of service in the first crucial decisions that follow a disaster.