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:


Quick Tip: Common responses to trauma

Quick Tip: Dealing with grief

Quick Tip: Knowing when to ask for professional help

Oklahoman: Helping children cope

NCTSN: Parent guidelines for helping children

NCTSN: Questions to ask your children

NCTSN: Tips for parents on media coverage

NCTSN: What parents can do to help themselves

Oklahoman: List of agencies collecting donations  

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Resources for Survivors and Public Following Sudden Trauma