When disaster strikes, the ffects ripple out as if in a pond and reach far
across the community. In the wake
of calamities, our reliance on one
another is revealed. We discover the
road map to healing is lit by small
mercies, sparked by concerns for
community that express something
larger than ourselves.
Disasters come in all sizes and
shapes in our province: the Southern
Alberta floods that pushed some
100,000 people from their homes
and businesses in 2013; the Slave
Lake fire that forced the evacuation
of thousands of the town’s 7,000
residents; the hailstorms that
inevitably flatten farmers’ crops
every summer. A disaster can
also be a tree in your backyard that
crashes through the roof during
Disaster is indifferent to wealth,
health, age or geography. It does not
discriminate in taking away what we
all value: our safety, our possessions,
our peace of mind and the normality
of everyday life.
When we repair and rebuild
our homes, pave new roads and
strengthen bridges following a
disaster, we are doing more than
brick-by-brick fixing—we are
rebuilding community health.
Being emotionally prepared for traumatic events
Learning about and using healthy coping skills to overcome daily challenges and stress can help
you and your family maintain good mental health. These same skills can help you better deal
with disasters and emergencies.
During or after a disaster you can experience loss and sudden change, uncertainty and anxiety.
Of course, disasters don’t send notices about when they’ll come crashing through your life,
but being emotionally prepared can help you through difficult times, recover from trauma more
quickly and with fewer long-term side effects.
Here are some tips for emotional wellness:
too little or too much.
mental energy to cope.
Source: Alberta Health Services, Preparing Emotionally For Disasters