Understanding the Events of a Natural Disaster

Children and older adults are of special concern in the aftermath of disasters. Even individuals who experience a disaster second hand through exposure to extensive media coverage can be affected.

Contact local faith-based organizations, voluntary agencies, or professional counselors for counseling. Additionally, FEMA and state and local governments of the affected area may provide crisis counseling assistance.

As you recover, it is a good idea to make sure that you have updated your family disaster plan and replenished essential disaster supplies just in case a disaster happens again. You will always feel better knowing that you are prepared and ready for anything. Also, keep the following in mind:

  • It is common to want to strike back at people who have caused great pain.
  • Everyone who sees or experiences a disaster is affected by it in some way.
  • Focusing on your strengths and abilities helps you heal.
  • Profound sadness, grief and anger are normal reactions to an abnormal event.
  • Everyone has different needs and different ways of coping.
  • It is normal to feel anxious about your own safety and that of your family and close friends.
  • Focusing on your strengths and abilities helps you heal.
  • Acknowledging your feelings helps you recover.
  • Accepting help from community programs and resources is healthy.

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