The tragedy of the explosion of the Horizon Deepwater in the Gulf of Mexico has been a major environmental disaster, especially to those in New Orleans who just went through Katrina in 2005, and hurricane season is upon them again! Therefore, residents of New Orleans and people in the southern states have to deal with the physical, environmental, and mental effects of a major oil spill while also wondering what this hurricane season is going to bring.
Even with people worldwide watching on the television and hearing on the radio about the effects of the oil spill and hearing of the 210,000 gallons or more of crude oil that is spilling into the Gulf every day. Every day people who live in the affected area and people all over the world watch how the oil spill affects the environment, wildlife, and people. This can be a truly distressing situation because people feel helpless about the oil spill. However, there are things a person can do to ease the stress or distress of the oil spill situation. The first thing to help ease the distress is to get the facts.
If a person stays updated about the facts and what exactly is going on with the oil spill, it will help ease the anxiety of not knowing. Additionally, if a person knows the facts it is easier to prepare in case of an emergency situation, such as if there is contamination of drinking water. Additionally, it helps to have a survival plan for emergency situations.
If a person lives in New Orleans, regardless of the oil spill, he or she needs to have an emergency plan for if a natural or environmental disaster happens. Get with your friends and family and make evacuation plans, have emergency water and food, flashlight, batteries, and a first aid kit. It is always good to have an emergency plan when a person lives in a hurricane or flood area to begin with. If a person knows he or she is prepared for an emergency, it helps relieve the stress of a distressful situation. Additionally, reach out to people in the community, family, and friends.
During a time of disaster, a person needs support and needs to give support. A group of people or a community can give more emotional support during time of disaster because having someone to talk to give and receive emotional support helps relieve a lot of stress. Additionally, if there is a group of people together, the outlook tends to be more hopeful because of the additional emotional support. Also, helping others can relieve some of the distress.
A person knowing they are doing what he or she can do to help, makes a person feel productive in a time of disaster or distress. There are many organizations that need volunteers, so help when and where you can. A disaster is not an easy time to get through, but with following these few tips it can make getting through it easier.Watch the latest news video at video.foxnews.com
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