The forces of nature can leave behind debris-strewn areas, contaminated water, spoiled food and conditions that could lead to health problems. "Storm Recovery Guide," available from Iowa State University Extension, includes information to help Iowans avoid and recover from some of the hazards created by wind and water.
The guide covers a range of topics, from salvaging belongings and restoring damaged buildings to documenting losses and handling stress. It's available from ISU Extension county offices and for free download from the ISU Extension Store, www.extension.iastate.edu/store (enter storm recovery guide in the search box).
For answers to household cleanup questions following a storm or other disaster, call ISU Extension's Answer Line at 800-262-3804. For information about legal issues, financial concerns, stress or crisis, call Iowa Concern at 800-447-1985.
Remember to take care of people first; then deal with the things that were damaged or lost, ISU Extension specialists advise.