Everyone responds to disasters in different ways based on location, intensity, available resources, support and capacity. Recovering from a disaster is usually a gradual process. Safety is a primary issue, as are mental and physical well-being. Here is some general advice on steps to take after disaster strikes in order to begin getting your home, your community and your life back to normal. While there are many books that have been published on the topic there are many overlooked actions that can be taken to help survive events. Below are what we believe to be some important ways to respond to various disasters that ZORs* can add to their response toolbox of survival skills.