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Coping Emotionally With Disaster

People afflicted by disaster, whether flood, tornado or some other challenge, grapple with emotions triggered by loss.

People afflicted by disaster, whether flood, tornado or some other challenge, grapple with emotions triggered by loss. Understanding the stages and dealing with the emotions make big differences in how well we cope, says Wally Goddard, professor of family life for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

Those emotions can generally be understood by considering the stage of a disaster, he says.

Uncertainty, fear and anxiety typically accompany tornado, hurricane and flood warnings or other predictions of impending disasters.
In the anticipation phase, Goddard says, people should attempt to stay informed and take appropriate precautions, while monitoring and regulating their emotions.

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