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Many Anxious After Hurricane Sandy

Many Anxious After Hurricane Sandy

LOS ANGELES — After a natural disaster, short-term emotional stress and behavioral reactions are both common and normal, U.S. experts say.

Melissa Brymer, director of Terrorism and Disaster Programs at the UCLA/Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, and Richard Heaps, a clinical psychologist and professor at Brigham Young University, said mourning loss is healthy and appropriate, CNN reports.

They suggest strategies for stress management following natural disasters include:

  • People experiencing strong emotional reactions might withdraw and pull inside themselves and this hampers managing and dealing with the stress of traumatic incidents. Do not withdraw from important relationships.
  • Keep in touch with people you are worried about, so you know what is happening instead of continuing to worry.
  • Don’t rely too much on national TV or radio; find out what’s happening in your own area.
  • Strive for a return to normalcy.
  • Think about what you’re eating. Do your best to sleep enough.
  • Storytelling — oral, in writing or whatever other form it may take — can be healing.
  • There is no one way of coping so honor different ways that people express themselves about the event.
  • Curb watching repeated TV images of the disaster.
  • Calm yourself during anxious moments via deep breathing, meditation, music, singing or praying.

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  • twistingyarn

    Use your family structure to circle the wagons and help each other. Neighbors should help each other and share resources. Don’t rely on the government help it’s over hyped and limited at best. The help received from FEMA after a major storm was a joke at best. Hopefully, it may have improved but don’t count on it. If you have roof damage get it tarped as soon as you can that’s about the one program government is good for. Don’t count on help from the SBA either unless your a Walmart or a chain store actual small business will be told their cash flow isn’t good enough since the storm hit and your doors have been blown away. They will not tell you this until you’ve filled out mountains of paperwork either.The best you can hope for from them is a short term balloon note where if you can’t pay they will take it all. Keep receipts for everything you might be able to get reimbursed for generators, appliances, food loss etc.
    Most importantly when dealing with home or workplace damage get an independent adjuster to go to work on your behalf its the only way to prevent the insurance companies from screwing you. Yes they take a cut but you will see its well worth it in the end. Especially when dealing with companies like Allstate, State Farm, Farmers etc. who will deny real losses and lowball everything else..


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