Care For Each Other: Quick Tips
- Make time for self-care in stressful situations like an emergency.
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- Check in on neighbors–especially those who are elderly, live alone or with a disability, or depend on a home use medical device—to help with shopping for supplies, shoveling snow, evacuation, etc.
- Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about getting a prescription for naloxone and training on how to administer it in a suspected opioid overdose. Naloxone is available in three FDA-approved formulations: injectable, autoinjectable, and prepackaged nasal spray.
- Seek out, share, and take advantage of opportunities to get involved in building community health resilience.
- Talk to a friend or family member about your feelings before, during, and after an emergency. Seek professional help if feelings of stress, anxiety, and grief persist for several days or interfere with everyday activities (e.g., work, study, eat, sleep) and relationships.
- Parents: Learn how to help children cope with the trauma of an emergency. How a child reacts can vary according to their age, previous experiences, and how the child typically copes with stress.
- Responders: Work in teams to limit your time working alone and help prevent and reduce burnout and secondary traumatic stress.
- Responders: Give trauma-informed care when tending to survivors of an emergency. Be aware that individuals may have experienced a variety of traumas in their lives that can affect their ability to cope with stressful situations.
- Lend an ear to family, friends, and neighbors who may need someone to talk to about their feelings. Helping others cope with their anxiety and stress can make your community stronger.
Page last reviewed: October 1, 2020, 01:05 PM
Content source: Center for Preparedness and Response