When you are able to get back into ground zero to salvage what little you can or as much as you can, please be careful. There are many health risks out there when salvaging.
Insulation is still in the air. I know it bothered my arms, and could have hurt me drastically by breathing it in. We think that we are safe because there is nothing in the air, but I beg to differ. Insulation is and can be microscopic. It can get into any part. Your arms will have red marks all over them due to the insulation, which irritates you. Breathing it in is no better. It is painful and very very irritating.
The Sun unfortunately is something else to consider. The sun along with no shade or respite will not help any matters. Along with the fact that there is no shade to protect your body, and nothing in a disaster zone.
Nails strewn all over the place is another concern. They are all over the place. They can be positioned upward and then ooops, you step on one.
Tetanus shot here you come…not funny or fun either for that matter.
Other matter still in the air to throw off an asthmatic with allergies. Allergens are worse and in the air still 2 years post tornado. It has driven everyone nuts including me. The allergies at first were fine but then proceeded to get worse.
Stores that were destroyed possibly had asbestos. Some of the older area stores possibly had asbestos. Now let me tel you, it is much harder to work. It is also microscopic.
Dehydration is another aspect to consider. This is where you do not get much liquid and do not feel oh so well. Must drink a whole lotta of water…or tea…
Precautions must be taken.
In order to protect yourself from any airborne material, you must wear a mask which will protect your face, and your lungs from the airborne materials.
As for allergies, be sure to see your family doctor or practitioner to get the right allergy meds so you can work in the work zone.
Wear thick soled shoes and have a tetanus shot BEFORE you head into the disaster zone. This will save you trouble when Red Cross comes around to give you a tetanus shot. Also while Salvaging be sure you have a few coolers loaded with unsweetened drinks and water. The more you drink the better off your health will be when you return to where you are staying. Sunscreen to protect yourself against sunburn is also beneficial. Be sure to take with you several tubes to use, and you may need 2 or 3 tubes per day.
I know this information has been repeated in many areas of the country before going to a disaster zone.
There are some other things to consider too.
First, if lead by God, please begin to make your heart servant ready for the work ahead. There is no need of complaining while you are there.
Secondly, If you can’t serve outdoors please serve in another part of your team such as in the relief center where donations are going.
Thirdly, serve the survivors who come in needing the everyday items. Serve them wholeheartedly. They need someone to listen to them, not someone giving advice, but a listener.
Last but not least, Trust the Lord in where he wants you to serve. If it is not out in the disaster zone then His plan is far better than yours. Yet if he needs you out in a debris field working alongside a survivor, be sure to get several things taken care of before you head there, such as getting your tetanus shot…
I know this seems redundant in many aspects but God wants us to care for our bodies and those who need it the most. Perhaps praying for those who have been hit by the disaster, unfortunately there will be more disasters in the future, until the return of our Risen Lord to Establish his everlasting throne on Earth. We need to take care of Each other, just as we take care of our families. The survivors need that, you may not say it verbally but by your actions shown, you are a living sacrifice to them. Serving your fellow man, whether they believe in Christ or Not.
- Black Forest Evacuees Urged To Get Tetanus Shots Before Returning (denver.cbslocal.com)
- Yourwellness Magazine explores the effect of pollen on asthma sufferers (prweb.com)