Floods: Caring for Yourself
No one who lives through a disaster is untouched by the experience. Like other disasters, floods can result in emotional distress, as well as property damage. Recognizing and handling stress properly can help you meet the challenges of recovering from the flood and reclaiming your sense of control and security. This Web page contains links to information that address the impact of floods and strategies for coping.
- Follow a normal routine as much as possible.
- Eat healthy meals. Be careful not to skip meals or to overeat.
- Exercise and stay active.
- Help other people in your community as a volunteer. Stay busy.
- Accept help from family, friends, co-workers, or clergy. Talk about your feelings with them.
- Limit your time around the sights and sounds of what happened. Don’t dwell on TV, radio, or newspaper reports on the tragedy.
Other Non-MDH Resources:
Disaster Distress Helpline
- Emergency Community Health Outreach (ECHO) - In cooperation with our public health and safety partners, ECHO is providing flood safety and emergency kit information in multiple languages on ECHO PHONE, the ECHO website, and streaming video from a recently updated television broadcast. (Available in Spanish, Hmong, Somali, Lao, Vietnamese, Khmer, Arabic, Oromo, Russian and English). The information includes mental health help and talking to children about crisis.
- Flood Resources - The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- Flood Recovery Fact Sheets - Kansas State University, Research and Extension Service
- Manage Flood-Related Distress by Building Resilience
- Coping with the Stress of Natural Disasters (PDF)
For Parents and Kids:
- Helping Children After the Flood
- Injury and Violence Prevention Cards - After the Storm: Tips for Parents