Coping After an Earthquake
Disasters come in many forms depending on the area of
country that you are in. Some disasters are man-made and some are caused by
nature. Floods, earthquakes, fires, snow or ice storms are some natural disasters that can occur. Other incidents can be explosions,
white powder incidents and nuclear reactor accidents that are more likely to be
man-made. There is an emotional toll that can be more devastating than the loss
of home, finances and personal property.
You may never be in the situation where you have to comfort someone but it will
be useful to know what to do if you are. There was lots of need for crisis
counseling and comforting during Haiti, Katrina and 9-11. Even though you may
not be exposed to an incident that is that traumatic, you may also be involved
with a friend or family member that has an accident or loses their house to a
The emotional toll that an earthquake brings can sometimes be even more
devastating than the financial strains of damage and loss of home, business, or
• Each person sees a disaster through their own eyes. What one person is
experiencing may not be true to another.
• Feeling anxious and scared is a normal reaction.
• Profound sadness, grief, and anger are normal reactions to an abnormal event.
• Acknowledge how you feel.
• Focus on your strengths and abilities. Think about what you CAN do, not what
you can’t do.
• Accept help from neighbors and community organizations.
• Everyone copes differently.
• Everyone’s needs are unique.
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
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Making Preparations For An Earthquake
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