Explore By Topic: Natural Disasters

Discussing natural disasters requires sensitivity since it often entails loss and trauma, and could trigger people who are still in recovery or who have past experiences with disasters. We play a significant role in sharing stories and information about natural disasters thoughtfully, ensuring they are sensitive, informative, and uplifting.

Need to Know

Natural disasters can cause long-term emotional distress for individuals and communities.

Natural disasters disproportionately impact marginalized communities.

Be aware that responses to natural disasters include a range of actions, from immediate relief efforts to long-term rebuilding and mental health support.

Recovering from a natural disaster is a lengthy and challenging process that often requires collaboration among individuals, organizations, and governments.

Natural disasters can bring about profound loss and adversity, but they can also highlight the resilience and solidarity of affected communities.

Things to Avoid

Refrain from sensationalizing or dramatizing disaster events, because it can contribute to fear and anxiety.

Avoid sharing unverified information or rumors that may cause confusion and panic.

Steer clear of graphic images or detailed descriptions of destruction and suffering that may distress your audience.

Do not judge or place blame on victims for their circumstances or the extent of the impact on them.

Avoid making light of the situation or using natural disasters as a backdrop for unrelated content or promotions.

Your Opportunity

Use your platform to educate and inform your followers by spreading awareness about disaster preparedness, response, and recovery efforts.

Share stories of hope, resilience, and community strength to inspire and comfort those affected and those looking to help.

Highlight the work of reputable relief organizations and encourage support through donations, volunteering, or other means of contribution.

When discussing personal experiences, focus on the emotional journey, the support received, and the lessons learned, rather than the graphic details of the event.

Offer a message of solidarity and community, reinforcing the idea that people can come together to rebuild and support one another in times of crisis.


The Jed Foundation →

Get tips for coping with traumatic events from the JED Mental Health Resource Center.

Mental Health is Health →

Find info and resources for coping with traumatic events on Mental Health is Health.

Disaster Distress Helpline →

Access the Disaster Distress Helpline by calling or texting 1-800-985-5990.

Dial 988 Hotline →

Dial 988 or text HOME to 741-741 for a free, confidential conversation with a trained counselor 24/7.

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