Batteries line the kitchen counter next to several flashlights. My husband, Jim, places several matchbooks in my hand in an act of love, instructing me to use them sparingly over the next 24 hours that he'll be gone, then kisses my forehead and makes his way out the front door. A severe storm is on its way, but none of us have any idea what Hurricane Sandy has in store for us.
This week, a tornado as big as two miles wide swept across the state of Oklahoma, flattening neighborhoods and separating families. As of Tuesday morning, authorities confirmed 24 deaths (including nine children) and dozens of more people injured. And while the communities are left in the aftermath to pick up the pieces, how do we explain these tragic events to our children?
Imagine that you woke up this morning, and everything you owned was gone. Your clothing was gone, all of it, except for what you were wearing. All your food was spoiled and rotting. All of your furniture was destroyed, unusable, and unsalvageable. All of those little things you cherished through the years, photos, paintings, memorabilia, all gone. All of your children’s toys, schoolbooks, games, all gone. There was no heat, power, or water in your home, if you had a home left that is.
In a winter, spring and now summer of overly dry air and land, the hurricane has finally come. Sixty-five mile an hour winds, cloudy skies and lightning, but it’s a hurricane without rain. Sweeping through the canyons next to and above Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Woodland Park, the Air Force Academy almost to Douglas County, The Waldo Canyon fire has been a media star.
When we're in the midst of a crisis, the chaos and confusion drive out all thoughts of the impact on the relationship itself. You're too busy just trying to meet physical needs and to survive another day — emotional issues take a back seat. When the danger has passed, however, and you begin to pull your life back together, you take a deep breath and start to catch up to your feelings. It's during this time when relationships are the most vulnerable.
There are many types of crises that can enter our life. These can be natural disasters, problems in our relationships, facing life changes, discovering significant health issues, or any of many other things. Some crises are very intense and concentrated while others occur over a longer period of time. The effects of some crises are relat
There is a point of choice. Yes, it's easy to feel frustrated, cold, crabby, temporarily doomed and miserable. These feelings are normal in the wake of a disaster of this proportion. Tension, anxiety, overwhelm, helplessness and depressed feelings are all part of it. You can choose to fight these feelings or sink in them. Sinking is normal but don't stay there too long.
The tornado that has left Joplin in ruins is but one of the natural disasters the world has experienced lately. Recovery from said disasters can be difficult, and a new study finds that households are more susceptible to breaking up after a disaster strikes.