Living through Hurricane Sandy
Living through Hurricane Sandy’s devastating impact on the East Coast has placed all of us in varying degrees of stress as we assess the damage to our homes, our loved ones and our communities. We should all expect to have strong feelings even if we have only experienced the devastation secondhand. Everyone experiences trauma differently but there are four core emotions that are universal: fear/anxiety, sadness/depression, guilt/shame and anger/irritability.
These feelings may also be accompanied by thoughts that increase distress, such as thinking that what you are feeling is wrong, or bad. Judging yourself for your feelings can make you feel a further loss of control. Sometimes this leads to emptying and numbing of all feelings and/or a flooding of feelings.
After the initial, expectable stage of shock and confusion, expect that all feelings are fine and will decrease in time if allowed to be experienced. It is helpful to talk with friends, family, coworkers or neighbors. This can help us all feel less alone and more supported, and maybe facilitate concrete help with specific problems.
- Use of alcohol or drugs
- Social isolation or withdrawal
- Extreme avoidance of thinking about events
Hurricane Sandy Resources
- » Hurricane Sheltering in NYC
- » Power Outage Information
- » MTA Updates
- » Self-Care After Disasters
- » Common Reactions After Trauma
- » FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
- » American Red Cross
- » Subway Service in New York City
- » Assistance Programs Eligibility Questionnaire
- » Hurricane Sandy Health Resources
- » Emergency Funding Specifically For City Tech Students
In this time following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Counseling Services Center would like to remind the college community that our office is available to meet with students to address any crisis or issue that may have a negative impact on academic success.