Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event

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Take care of your emotional health

Take care of your emotional health

Taking care of your emotional health during an emergency will help you think clearly and react to urgent needs to protect yourself and your family.

During and after a disaster, it is natural to experience different and strong emotions. Coping with these feelings and getting help when you need it will help you, your family, and your community recover from a disaster. Connect with family, friends, and others in your community. Take care of yourself and each other, and know when and how to seek help.

People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment plans during an emergency and monitor for any new symptoms. Additional information can be found at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSAexternal icon).

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Taking Care of Your Emotional Health

Information and resources for adults and families.

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Helping Children Cope

Information and resources addressing the special emotional needs of children during a disaster.

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Helping Teens Cope

Information and resources for older children, teens, and young adults to help better cope after a natural disaster.

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Planning Resources for State and Local Governments

Information and resources for emergency planners, state, and local government to support mental health in emergencies.

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Response Resources for Leaders

Information and resources for government, faith-based, and community leaders to support their communities.

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Responders: Tips for Taking Care of Yourself

Tips and resources to for emergency responders for resiliency and coping during a disaster.

Page last reviewed: March 19, 2018