Living with the results of a natural disaster can overwhelm many of us. We have practical concerns, such as:  What station has gas? What grocery store is open? Do I have to go to work? How will I pay my bills? We also have emotional reactions which reflect the aftermath of the fear we felt before the disaster, and the confusion and concern about how we will pick up the pieces of our lives and return to some sense of normalcy. If we are parents, we are also dealing with the impact of the disaster on our children’s sense of safety and stability. And, we have the practical concern about how our children will be taken care of if their schools are closed for a length of time. Survivors of natural disasters share many common physical reactions. These include: insomnia, distressing dreams, fatigue, appetite changes, headaches, and body aches.  Survivors also experience common emotional reactions, which include flashbacks of the event, irritability, grief, a tendency to be easily startled, feeling anxious or helpless, feeling vulnerable, or feeling overwhelmed.  People often report difficulty concentrating, increased errors in their work, memory lapses, and a change in work habits. Children also feel fear and anxiety. They may be afraid of injury or death for themselves or family members, fearful that they will be separated from family members, and fearful of losing their home and their pre-disaster life and activities.  There are many strategies to help lessen the emotional impact of the stress brought by traumatic events.  Exercise, rest, and proper nutrition help bodies physically recover from the effects of a disaster. Talking with others about your experience, spending time with others, and allowing yourself to share your feelings and sense of vulnerability will lessen your beliefs that your reactions are abnormal. Becoming aware of the actions that others are taking to help your community, and you specifically, can help you feel less alone. And taking control of those aspects of the disaster’s aftermath that you can control, will make help you feel more productive and effective in managing your life. Parents can help children to manage their emotions by spending time together as a family, reassuring your child with your words and confident actions, listening as your children discuss their fears and experience, and explaining in simple terms what you know about your community’s recovery from the aftermath of the disaster. It is important for everyone to attempt to return to a normal routine, and to take breaks from managing the immediate needs brought on by the disaster experience. If symptoms linger or worsen, for adults and children, therapy provides a safe place to learn more strategies to manage emotions which interfere with or decrease the quality of your daily life.