The shock of last week’s flooding is starting to settle and some people may be experiencing normal, post-traumatic stress reactions. As we come together to help with cleanup, gather supplies and offer our support to those who have been directly affected, here are some tips on how to be a skillful listener:
- Give empathy for what we have been through
- Acknowledge that this has been a difficult event
- Validate that stress reactions are normal
- Hold hope that these reactions will probably be temporary
- Offer to check in later with anyone you’re concerned about, and do so
Some people may have gone several days without medications that help them cope mentally and emotionally. This may increase the challenge.
- Ask and offer to connect them with people who can help
The threat of rain coming again today may trigger new stress reactions. Being anxious when it rains is a very common experience after a flood. Floods can be scary.
Here are some resources that may be useful:
This is a difficult time for many of us, our friends, neighbors and loved ones throughout the state. Whether you are offering shelter, food, clothing, emergency relief supplies, emotional support or recovery assistance to the families who have been impacted, you are making a difference.
With heartfelt gratitude,
The KPCC Staff