Keep Your Calm During Emergencies

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

Being prepared for an emergency can make the difference in stressful situations.  Create a family emergency plan so you know how to get in contact with one another.

Psychologist Dr. Dan Dodgen is with the HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.

“The best way to stay calm is to stay informed, stay prepared, and anticipate to the degree you can what you’re going to need in an emergency.”

Consider the five things you need to survive and make a plan to keep those items in hand: medications, electricity, and basic needs like food and water.

You should monitor media, but remember that it can create added stress and pressures.

If you feel stressed after a disaster, you can contact the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

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