How Do People Cope With Disaster?
Everyone handles disasters in different ways. Here is some helpful information for anyone, to help prepare yourself for the results of a disaster. For more details, check out FEMA: Coping with Disaster.
- Everyone who sees or experiences a disaster is affected by it in some way.
- It is normal to feel anxious about your own safety and that of your family and close friends.
- Profound sadness, grief, and anger are normal reactions to an abnormal event.
- Acknowledging your feelings helps you recover.
- Focusing on your strengths and abilities helps you heal.
- Accepting help from community programs and resources is healthy.
- Everyone has different needs and different ways of coping.
- It is common to want to strike back at people who have caused great pain.
The link: FEMA: Coping with Disaster. Has great information about the signs of post-disaster stress, tips on how to ease that stress in yourself or others, and resources for getting disaster related help.This is especially important for helping children after a disaster. There is helpful information regarding children’s reactions to disasters, listed by age.