With the events of recent days—including the attack and investigation in Boston, ricin-tainted mail, plant explosion in Texas, tornadoes and now severe flooding in the Midwest—people across the country may be feeling more anxious or stressed, particularly after extended exposure to media coverage.
The American Red Cross has some simple steps you can take to help you cope during disasters:
Disasters are upsetting for everyone involved. People near the emergency are affected, as well as people across the country who may have family in the area or who are watching the media coverage of these events.
Children are especially at risk since they may become afraid that a disaster could affect them, or that they or someone in their family may be harmed. It is important to reassure children and talk to them in a calm manner. Their view of the world as a safe and predictable place is temporarily lost. How a parent or other adult reacts around the child following a disaster can determine how quickly and completely the child recovers.
You can find more information on recovering after a disaster or emergency on redcross.org.