EA professionals covering employees in the Midwest are working hard to provide help and support to those affected by the floods. At the same time, many are simultaneously dealing with their own damaged homes and upended lives. Here is a broad listing of resources that may be helpful to all.
Resources for Midwest Flood Victims
Home Safety and Flood Recovery
The Department of Health & Family Services of the State of Wisconsin has a terrific website covering a multiplicity of flood related issues including:
Mental Health Impact
- Evacuating Your Home
- Water Safety
- Food Safety
- Garbage Precautions
- Injury Prevention
- Increased Insect Activity
- Utility Service Interruption
- Re-entering Your Home:
- 1. Mold
- 2. Correcting Water Damage and Cleaning Up
- 3. Utility Service
- 4. Food Safety
The State of Wisconsin has also put together advice to address the emotional impact of the flooding. The information listed on this website is generic and suitable as a handout for EAP clients.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers guidance
to those who need to apply for federal aid or need to find out if they qualify.
According to the U.S. National Weather Service, damage from flooding appears likely to reach hundreds of millions of dollars. Roads and bridges have been shut down, crops have been damaged, and officials in some areas fear the worst flooding since 1993. Thousands of homes and hundreds of businesses have been flooded with numerous evacuations, countless roads are flooded and closed, road damage is extensive, and many levees and earthen dams have failed or are in jeopardy of failing. For up to date weather conditions, go to http://www.weather.gov/.
Register As “Safe and Well”
As rising floodwaters continue to destroy homes and threaten communities across much of the Midwest and West Virginia, the American Red Cross urges affected residents to register themselves and their loved ones on the "Safe and Well" website. Once an individual registers on "Safe and Well", loved ones across the country can search the site and read messages. Visit http://www.redcross.org/, and click on the "Safe and Well" link.
If you are currently being affected by these disasters, click: “List Myself as Safe and Well”, enter your pre-disaster address and phone number, and select any of the standard message options.
The Red Cross maintains a list of shelters in all affected states, as well as other concrete resources on its blog http://redcrossmidwestflooding.wordpress.com/