Read here for information on common health risks, and what you can do to protect yourself and your family in the event of a natural disaster. Also, follow our external links to several national authorities for additional information.
High Risk Groups
People at highest risk for health complications following a natural disaster are those with
These individuals may suffer considerably due to lack of available medical care during this time.
Anyone displaced or otherwise traumatized is understandably susceptible to compromised mental health.
In particular, people with
mental illness and addiction disorders are at high risk of exacerbation and relapse.
Common ailments of concern in the wake of a disaster include:
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