Talking to Someone Affected by a Natural Disaster


Three people standing near an overturned car in an area affected by a natural disaster

Victims of hurricanes, fires, and other natural disasters may experience intense emotions over the days and weeks that follow. Those affected could wrestle with feelings of sadness, vulnerability, anger or confusion. You may want to provide comfort to someone in such a situation, yet not know exactly what to say. Here are a couple of tips to remember:

  • Treat the person with sensitivity.
  • Offer your support.
  • Listen.

When disaster strikes and life is spared but property is destroyed, the right words may be hard to come by. Victims of hurricanes, fires and other natural disasters may experience intense emotions over the days and weeks that follow. The most important thing you can do is to treat victims of natural disasters with sensitivity, and offer them support as they piece their lives back together. Here are a few tips that will help guide the conversation:

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