How resilient are you?

2018’s ‘especially astounding’ hurricane season is a warning of what’s to come

Satellite image of Hurricane Willa, Monday October 22 when it was a Category 5 storm with 160 mph winds. CREDIT: NOAA/RAMMB.

The 2018 hurricane season still has a few weeks to go, but it has already been one for the record books. Warming-fueled waters led to some of the strongest, most  rapidly-intensifying hurricanes ever recorded.

Hurricane Michael was third-most intense Atlantic hurricane to make landfall in this country — and the most intense October hurricane to hit ever hit the United States. It caused 54 fatalities and more than $8 billion in damage, while obliterating the city of Mexico Beach.

Hurricane Florence arrived late in the season and, like last year’s Hurricane Harvey, brought a historic amount of water. Florence deluged Elizabethtown, North Carolina with a stunning 36 inches of rain…


How resilient are you?

DISASTERS are common. It can be natural (typhoons, earthquakes) or it can be man-made. Everyone experiences it. People react from disasters differently. Some survivors would move on right away but there are many others would still experience great sadness over what happened.

Several organizations, both international and national, like the World Health Organization, United Nations and other humanitarian agencies have come up in providing psycho-social support to survivors after a disaster.

Psychological First Aid (PFA) is one of them. PFA was first proposed by the American Psychiatric Association in 1954. It has undergone many revisions and was used during the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda.

PFA is a humane, supportive and practical assistance to fellow human beings who recently suffered exposure to serious stressors and involves: non-intrusive, practical care and support; assessing needs and concerns and helping people to address BASIC needs.

It is listening, but not pressuring people to talk; comforting people and helping them feel calm; helping people connect to information, services, and social supports and protecting people from further harm…

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