Following a disaster, people will respond in different ways, all of which are normal. There are several ways emotional distress may appear; extreme changes in activity, isolation or withdrawal, overly tearful; irritability or anger, feeling hopeless, difficulty concentrating or making decisions, frequent sleep problems, upset stomach, violence toward self or others; increased alcohol or substance abuse, feeling overwhelmed and emotional numbness or jumpiness. The resources below will help you find information for coping, talking with children and support for first responders. If you or someone you love is having a difficult time coping, don’t hesitate to seek help.
Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response
This site contains a wealth of information to help Coloradans understand the impacts of different emergency situations. This site is also designed to help you and your family to plan and prepare for any natural or man-made emergency that may arise.
Psychological First Aid
Psychological First Aid is an evidence-informed approach for assisting children, adolescents, adults, and families in the aftermath of disaster and terrorism.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA’s webpage for Coping with Violence and Traumatic events has links and resources for people of all ages.
Disaster Distress Helpline
The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is the nation’s first hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling. The toll-free Helpline operates 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week. This free, confidential and multilingual, crisis support service is available via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (Text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746)
Resources for First Responders
Information for emergency response workers.
Helping Your Family Cope with Tragedy
When we hear about or experience tragic situations, our sense of safety is shaken. Click the above link to view suggestions for families to use during these stressful times.
Helping Children Cope
Age-specific reactions children may express and how to help them.
How to Cope with Stress & Grief – Do I Need Help?
Understanding traumatic stress and how to access treatment.