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Coping with the Boston fire tragedy

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If you or someone you know is unexpectedly changed or emotionally shaken, the American Red Cross is here to help.

The tragic outcome of yesterday’s Beacon Street fire in Boston has greatly impacted our community. It is an incredibly difficult time for our grieving city, which is why it's important to know how to take care of yourself and your emotional health. 

Disasters affect everyone differently. Some people may feel overwhelmed or have sudden changes in emotions. Others may function fine but then experience the disaster’s impact later. There is no “right” way to respond after a disaster. If you or someone you know is unexpectedly changed or emotionally shaken, the American Red Cross is here to help. 

For your emotional well being:

  • Talk about what happened
  • Talk about your feelings
  • Allow yourself to cry
  • Get some exercise
  • So what calms and relaxes you
  • Gradually return to your usual routines
  • Don’t stay by yourself – be with others
  • Accept help from others
  • Notice positives
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs
  • Limit decisions to today’s needs
  • Need to talk to someone? Contact the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” at 66746 for 24/7 counseling and support.