Disaster Preparedness Center
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.
People at highest risk for health complications following a natural disaster are those with pre-existing health problems. 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 pre-existing mental illness and addiction disorders are at high risk of exacerbation and relapse.
Common ailments of concern in the wake of a disaster include:
Other possible concerns include:
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