Natural disasters are catastrophic both for the people and the land they affect. Natural disasters include floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, dust storms, ground winds, and blizzards. Natural disasters often result in loss or destruction of property, homelessness, physical injury, financial hardship, and emotional distress. The intensity and often unpredictable occurrence of natural disasters often result in symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Symptoms of PTSD which may be experienced by survivors of natural disasters include difficulty sleeping, exaggerated fears, increased irritability, flashbacks, and emotional or physical distress when reminded of the event.
The Center for Traumatic Stress Research can assist survivors of natural disasters in recovering from the event. Cognitive Processing Therapy can be used to alleviate the PTSD symptoms suffered by survivors, and to help survivors learn to evaluate their thoughts about the event from a new perspective.
Other resources available on the web include:
ICES Disaster Resources: Preparedness and Recovery
National Center for PTSD (NCP)