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How can I help others cope with a disaster?

There are a number of things you can do to help others cope with disaster:

  • Before disaster strikes: Develop a family disaster plan. Assemble disaster supply kits for family members and pets; talk about your actions; think about how to handle stress; be informed and ask local authorities questions about preparing for disasters, such as tornados, most likely to strike your area. Practice your plans and identify support networks in your community.
  • At the beginning of a disaster: Listen to the authorities; show understanding; share facts with children; share plans to keep them safe.
  • During a disaster: Calm fears that someone will be killed or injured; calm fears that children will be left alone or separated from their family; stay as connected as possible with kids and with others, as it provides care, support and distraction.
  • After a disaster: Calm fears that it will happen again.

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