Common Reactions to Disaster
In the weeks and months following the disaster, people may begin to have varied reactions. The following reactions on the handout are common after disasters, but everyone is different, so remember to consider that when evaluating emotional reactions.
If you or people you know are recovering from disasters, here are some things to keep in mind.
Adjusting to life after disaster can be tiring
It is common to feel tired or worn out even with enough sleep. You may be surprised by the intensity of your emotions. Everyone reacts to stress in their own way.
Take Care of Yourself
Eat healthy foods when possible and get plenty of rest. Accept help from others when it is offered. If you have some down time, you can talk, play games, or spend time with friends or family.
There are many ways to help those affected by this event
Offer practical help like cooking, running errands, or babysitting. Help someone take their mind off their situation for a while. Most people will be okay with support from family and friends.
Nebraska Strong Recovery Project is an outreach program working with individuals, families, and communities impacted by the disaster in the state of Nebraska. We provide community-based support and education to help Nebraskans cope during stressful times.
Recovery Resource Materials
Describes the effects of prolonged stress, how grief can be healing, when to get
help, and more.
Phases of a Disaster
This theoretical model outlines phases of a disaster in terms of individual and collective emotional response in the community.
Provides hotline number. Print out to give to anyone in need of it.
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