Skip to Content
Sep. 12, 2017, 6:37 PM
Sadly, during the past month, there’s been a steady stream of news coverage about hurricanes, flooding, fires, earthquakes, etc. These events reinforce the need for families to develop family disaster plans.
The best approach is to confront this somewhat overwhelming task by starting small and working up to the more difficult aspects of preparedness. Nobody wants to imagine facing disasters, but being prepared in advance is the best protection you can put in place for yourself and your family.
Many online resources are available to help prepare you and your family for emergencies. Here are a few websites that offer more information about setting up a family disaster plan:
Vanderbilt University Emergency Preparedness: https://emergency.vanderbilt.edu/
Department of Homeland Security: https://www.ready.gov/
American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies
Knowing where to access emotional support is also part of preparedness. For those who experience loss firsthand, their lives have been turned upside down and will not return to “normal” anytime soon. There is also a strong possibility of developing acute stress disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Coping with these types of events requires incredible courage and resilience. Secondary exposure to trauma through media coverage also may produce responses similar to PTSD. This is especially true if you fear for the safety of a loved one or have experienced a similar event in your own life. If you are finding that hearing and seeing coverage of recent events triggers anxiety and challenges your usual coping abilities, call Work/Life Connections-EAP at (615) 936-1327 and make a confidential appointment to meet with one of our counselors.
More information: https://healthandwellness.vanderbilt.edu/work-life/
There are lots of ways to keep up with Vanderbilt. Choose your preferred method: