Disasters affect people in many ways. Some disaster situations may mean loss of loved ones, including relatives, friends, neighbors, or co-workers. We may become inundated with media coverage of events that occur in our area or other locations. The emotional effects, whether felt because of direct involvement or because of secondary trauma, can be devastating and the emotional effects may show up immediately or appear many months later. It is very important to understand that there is a natural grieving process following any loss, and that a disaster of any size can cause unusual and unwanted stress in those attempting to reconstruct their lives.
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