Day Five: Humans 1, Zombies 0

We just got word that the zombies have been destroyed! Something about them being allergic to pollen. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was because they starved – too many people with emergency plans (PDF), emergency kits, the will to survive and all that.

Everyone is relieved and excited, but I can feel trepidation in the air. People are afraid to go home and see the state of their communities. We’ve all just survived a traumatic event. Even though it's passed, we still see it clearly and feel the anxiety it caused.

The wonderful volunteers with Emergency Social Services tell me these feelings are natural responses to a traumatic event. The key is to remember I survived and that they will diminish. It will take time, and I may need help, but eventually I'll put this experience behind me.

Then there are all the other things I need to do to get back to normal: recover lost documents, salvage furniture and appliances, clean up. Where do I start?

The ESS folks gave me this booklet: One Step at a Time: A Guide to Disaster Recovery (PDF). It walks through how to put your life back together and keep track of the progress.

Now to take a deep breath, go home and get started. And I hope I never see another can of beans again. Ever.