Recovering from a Disaster

Recovering from a disaster is usually a gradual process. Safety is a primary issue, as are mental and physical well-being. When assistance is available, knowing how to access it makes the process faster and less stressful. This page offers some general advice on steps to take after disaster strikes in order to begin getting back to normal.

Returning After a Disaster

After a flood or other natural disaster, going back to your property can be dangerous because of structural, electrical or other hazards. Before returning, be sure permission has been given by authorities and the building is safe.

Recovery Assistance

There are extensive resources available to assist individuals and communities when dealing with recovery issues such as psychological trauma, clean up and repair of damaged structures. Manitoba EMO works closely with a number of partners in disaster to coordinate recovery resources. Should you require additional assistance and resources, contact your local authority or Manitoba Emergency Management Organization.

Cleaning Up

Disasters make a mess and one of the first jobs is to clean up. Safety should always be the very first consideration.

Buildings that have been flooded or damaged by water need special attention to avoid mould growth. Proper cleaning techniques are essential to your safety while cleaning mould, and to ensure contaminants are properly removed and will not create a hazardous environment in your home.

Consult Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation for additional resources on mould clean up.


Repairs after a disaster should be treated like any other renovation; you need to do some research, ensure safe practices are being followed, and check the quality of the work and compliance with codes and standards. More information about safe practices, codes and standards and ensuring quality work is available through the following resources:

Business Disaster Recovery

The goal of recovery and restoration operations is to recover the facility or operation and maintain critical service or product delivery. Recovery and restoration includes:

  • re-deploying personnel;
  • deciding whether to repair the facility, relocate to an alternate site or build a new facility;
  • acquiring the additional resources necessary for restoring business operations;
  • re-establishing normal operations; and
  • resuming operations at pre-disruption levels.