It seems there is never a shortage of tragedy. When the news is full of hurricanes, wildfires and mass shootings, you may feel powerless. But there are steps you can take to help you and your family prepare, stay safe and cope with the stress and anxiety that come with tragedy.
Sometimes we can have too much of a good thing. A 24-hour news cycle means we are never without information. But sometimes we – and especially our children – need a break from bad news, which can cultivate feelings of powerlessness. At these times, focus on the positive things you can do, like providing help and support.
Assisting those in need, directly or indirectly, can be empowering. You can support relief efforts through donations of:
Prepare for tragedy close to home
If you are in an area where a natural disaster can strike, an emergency preparedness plan for your family can put you at ease. Include in your plan:
Then, create a first aid and survival kit. You can use the supplies at home, or take it with you if you need to evacuate. The Red Cross recommends:
According to the Red Cross, the majority of disasters they respond to are home fires, which can happen anywhere. Be prepared and take precautions:
Guidance is available
When you prepare for the unexpected, you’re empowering yourself to handle any event that comes your way. You can conquer the anxiety and fear that can come with the feeling of powerlessness. If you still feel stuck, call on UCLA Health’s primary care practices or mental health professionals for guidance on how to cope with tragic events.