Step 1) Take Care of Yourself & Your Family

Emotional and Distress Recovery


Disasters can cause emotional and physical reactions. Most people caught in a disaster usually feel confused and may not “act like themselves” for a while. They may tremble or feel numb. Immediately after the disaster, it is common to feel bewildered, shocked, and relieved to be alive. That’s why it’s important to take good care of yourself and your family in the dates and weeks ahead. Download the Canadian Red Cross’ Coping with Crisis.


You should try to


  • Rest often and eat well.
  • Keep a manageable schedule. Make a list and do one job at a time. Decide what needs to be done right away and defer the rest until a less stressful time.
  • Get as much physical activity as possible.
  • Accept help from others – Wouldn't you help them? Ask for help and advice on practice matters relating to your finances, your job or other concerns.
  • Give someone a hug – touching is very important.
  • Think about the coping skills you have used at other difficult times, and use them now.
  • Focus on positive memories.
Download: Copy with Crisis