How to Cope With Loss After Hurricane Irma

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A natural disaster is understandably traumatic, especially if it leaves you dealing with flooding, downed trees, and destroyed property. While you may be prepared to manage the practical aspects of clean-up and repair, the emotional component can be surprising and make it difficult to take on the tasks at hand.

If you live in an evacuation zone or you've been away from home during a storm, it's important to emotionally brace yourself to return home once its safe to do so, as it could be a trying experience.

Knowing this, it's a good idea to assemble a support system before you go home. Ask a close friend or two to come with you. The encouraging presence of a friend can be very helpful. And keep your loved ones apprised of your situation. Without information, they won't know how to help you.

It's also important to keep yourself healthy during a weather emergency. The stress of this process can impact your health, especially if you have pre-existing conditions. Remember to take your medications and any other routines that are important for your well-being. Reach out for help when you need it, and make sure you have an emergency health plan in place.

Connecting with others who have experienced the aftermath of a hurricane can be healing and cathartic. Look for a support group in your area or online, and make it a point to meet or chat with them regularly. Friendships formed over common ground can provide the strength and endurance you need to move forward.

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