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The Emotionally Wounded People can be emotionally upset for long periods after disasters, and affected by such factors as: • Seriousness of disaster • Degree of disruption of personal connections • Extent of disruption of pre-existing way of life

Responses to disfigurement, dismemberment or mutilation may also add reactions. Some reactions are relief, and reflecting a feeling of good fortune. This is soon replaced by a sense of exasperation, frustration or anger, especially in those losing family, property or belongings. Managing the Emotionally Wounded

Management usually involves social, psychological and spiritual support with opportunities for expression, such as: • Supportive relationships, which will allow feelings or anxiety to be tested • Maintaining contact of individuals with their primary groups and other familiar links

Coping with the Disaster

You should be aware of the signs that a person needs help in coping with the stress of a disaster event.

1. Important things to remember when trying to understand a disaster event: • No one who sees a disaster is untouched by it • It is normal for persons to feel anxious about their own safety as well as that of their friends and family • Profound sadness, grief and anger are normal reactions to a disaster event • Acknowledging your feelings helps you to recover • Focusing on your strengths and abilities will also help you recover • We each have different ways of coping with stress after a disaster

2. Signs that adults may need crisis or stress management counseling: • Difficulty communicating thoughts • Difficulty sleeping • Difficulty maintaining balance • Easily frustrated • Increased use of drugs and/or alcohol • Very short/limited attention span • Poor work performance

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BVI DDM Community Disaster Preparedness Guide  
BVI DDM Community Disaster Preparedness Guide  

The Disaster Management Department of the BVI's Community Disaster Preparedness Guide, released May 18, 2012

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