People may show different psychological reactions shortly after a disaster (see Disaster Overview: What are the impacts of disaster). But if you take good care of yourself (How to Care for Myself),these reactions may subside. Social network is an important asset during a disaster — those with sufficient social support can recover faster [1]. The experience of recovery may also bring you and those you help closer together [2]. After taking care of your own needs, it is worthwhile to give a helping hand to other people in need (How to Offer Support), such that everyone can walk an easier road of recovery.


  • [1] Social Capital and Community Resilience (Aldrich & Meyer, 2014).
  • [2] Weighing the Costs of Disaster (Bonanno, Brewin, Kaniasty, & Greca, 2010).