Disaster and Trauma
Everyone who sees or experiences a disaster is affected by it in some way and has different needs and different ways of coping.
- Adolescents and Trauma
- After A Disaster: A Guide for Parents and Teachers
- After A Disaster: How To Help Child Victims
- After Disaster: Understanding Traumatic Grief
- Aftermath of Disaster: Older Adults: Stronger than Sorrow
- Aftermath of Disaster: What You Can Do for Yourself and Others
- Common Symptoms After a Traumatic Event
- Parenting In A Challenging World
- Young People and Trauma
Locate a Treatment Facility
Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline if You Need To Talk To Someone. Dial 911 if you have an Emergency.
Everyone who sees or experiences a disaster is affected by it in some way and has different needs and different ways of coping. Children and older adults are of special concern in the aftermath of disasters. Even individuals who experience a disaster “second hand” through exposure to media coverage can be affected.
Feelings of profound sadness, grief, and anger are normal reactions to an abnormal event. It is also normal to feel anxious about your personal safety, as well as the safety of family and friends. Healthy ways of coping include: acknowledging your feelings; focusing on your strengths and abilities; seeking help from professional counselors; and accepting help from and/or offering help to local community or faith-based organizations. In addition, FEMA and state and local governments of the affected area may provide crisis counseling assistance.
Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency