The effects of natural disasters can be long-lasting and the resulting trauma can reverberate even with those not directly affected by the disaster. Below are some resources to help you and your family cope with your thoughts and feelings, and to help you along the path to recovery.
1) Managing Traumatic Stress: After the Tornadoes (APA)
2) Tornadoes, hurricanes and children (APA)
3) Taking Care of Your Emotional Health After a Disaster (American Red Cross)
4) Helping Children Cope with Disaster (American Red Cross and FEMA)
5) Tornadoes - National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
6) Recovering from Disaster (FEMA)
7) Returning Home After a Disaster (NC Cooperative Extension)
8) Quick Tips for Managing Stress After a Disaster (NC Cooperative Extension)
To learn more about stress and mind/body health, visit the Maryland Psychological Association's Web site, http://www.marylandpsychology.org/, or the American Psychological Association's Consumer Help Center at www.APAhelpcenter.org.