What to Expect Following a Natural Disaster

Common reactions to a natural disaster:

  • Recurring dreams or nightmares
  • Trouble concentrating and remembering
  • Feeling numb, withdrawn, disconnected
  • Feeling bursts of anger or irritability
  • Physical symptoms, such as headaches, digestive problems, muscle tension
  • Feeling overprotective of your family’s safety
  • Avoiding reminders of the natural disaster
  • Feeling tearful or crying for no apparent reason


Ways to cope:

  • Limit your exposure to the news
  • Get accurate, timely information from credible sources
  • Educate yourself
  • Get into a normal routine,. This is especially important for children.
  • Exercise, eat well, make sleep a priority
  • Stay busy physically and mentally
  • Communicate with friends, family and emotionally supportive individuals
  • Lean into your faith
  • Keep your sense of humor
  • Use creative arts to express yourself and your feelings
  • Talk and share your feelings with others
  • Seek professional help, when needed


*Source: www.co.hunterdon.nj.us