Emotional Health and Support Resources
Wildfires can be particularly stressful because the factors that influence their strength and direction can change at any moment. Communities that seem clear of danger can suddenly need to evacuate. Despite well-orchestrated and persistent fire fighting by emergency services personnel, sometimes destruction of life and property is unpreventable. It is common for people who have lived through these circumstances to experience strong emotions. Understanding normal responses to these abnormal events can aid you in coping effectively with your feelings, thoughts and behaviors as you recover from the fire. The resources below are a good place to start in helping recognize and sort through these natural emotional reactions.
- American Psychological Association This is an article that will explain many of the conflicting feelings with practical advice.
- www.sonomcounty.recovers.org (Have a need, Want to give, Want to Volunteer)
- www.sharefire.org (Connecting people with homes)