Emotional Health
Issues for Victims

by the American Red Cross

Disasters affect people in many ways. In some disaster situations it may mean loss of loved ones, including relatives, friends, neighbors, or family pets. In others, it means loss of home and property, furnishings, and important or cherished belongings. Sometimes it means starting over with a new home or business. The emotional effects of loss and disruption may show up immediately or may appear many months later.

It is very important to understand that there is a natural grieving process following any loss, and that a disaster of any size will cause unusual and unwanted stress in those attempting to reconstruct their lives.

Some Initial Responses to the Disaster

Some Later Responses

Special Effects on Young Children

What You Can Do to Help After the Initial Crisis

Help for You and Your Family

Help for Your Child

Help for Your Community