|SAN DIEGO, CA (February 2014) — The Red Guide to Recovery – Resource Handbook for Disaster Survivors fills a previously unmet need and guides individuals and families through the disaster recovery process.When first responders leave the scene of a disaster, the survivors are usually left to figure out their recovery on their own. For many, this can be the beginning of a nightmare, especially if they haven’t prepared for recovery in advance. The Red Guide to Recovery – Resource Handbook for Disaster Survivors was designed as a road-map to walk disaster survivors step-by-step through the days, weeks, and months that follow a disaster event, while raising awareness of the many pitfalls that often transform survivors into disaster victims. Whether it’s a hurricane, tornado, wildfire, flood, or any other type of disaster, few people are prepared for what they may face or understand what the recovery process entails – until now.
The Red Guide to Recovery – Resource Handbook for Disaster Survivors is a new tool being used by fire departments, emergency management agencies, relief organizations, and others as the go-to resource to build community resiliency and help disaster survivors rebuild their lives. Recently, customized editions of The Red Guide to Recovery were developed for the City of San Francisco Department of Emergency Management, the San Francisco Fire Department, the City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department and the City of Los Angeles Fire Department to help their residents recover from disaster events.
San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White commented: “The Red Guide to Recovery is a comprehensive resource that provides up to date information to individuals and families who must begin navigating through the complicated and often confusing process of recovery following a fire or other destructive event. When we saw The Red Guide for the first time, we knew that we wanted to be able to provide it to the residents of the City and County of San Francisco to give them some direction and to assist them in beginning the recovery process as soon as possible.”
“Having copies of this resource on hand allows first responders to provide those who are affected by a disaster with the information they need when they need it most – immediately after a disaster event,” explained Author Sean Scott. “Copies are now placed on fire engines so they can be handed out to residents after everyday disasters such as structure fires, and larger quantities will be made available in shelters or local assistance centers after large scale events. After witnessing firsthand the devastation caused by wildfires that swept through Southern California in 2003 and again in 2007, I recognized the need for a comprehensive, yet easy to read guidebook to help people navigate through the challenges that the recovery process presents. It’s my hope that people will use the information contained in this book to recover as well as prepare for recovery in advance.”
Inside The Red Guide readers will learn about:
- Emergency Repairs and Services
- Displacement and Relocation
- Disaster Relief and Financial Assistance
- Homeowners and Renters Insurance Information
- Personal Property and creating inventories
- Smoke and Water Damage
- Estimating the Cost of Repairs
- Selecting a Contractor
- Public Insurance Adjusters
- Hazardous Materials
- Safety After a Disaster
- Recovering Valuables
- Trauma Intervention and Grief Counseling
- Avoiding Disaster Scams
- And much, much, more….
The Red Guide to Recovery – Resource Handbook for Disaster Survivors can be purchased in bulk quantities and/or customized for any city, county, state, or region. Visit www.TheRedGuideToRecovery.com for more information. Individual copies can also be purchased from the website.