After experiencing a traumatic event (either first-hand or through overexposure to news coverage), it is normal to encounter a range of emotional, physical, behavioral, cognitive and spiritual reactions. These responses can appear at once or after some time. They may last for a few days, weeks or longer. Normal reactions to an event may feel abnormal, but like symptoms of an illness, they too will run their course.
Family & Children’s Services recommends a number of resources to help those directly and indirectly impacted by the May 20, 2013 tornado cope and recover: