An emergency situation is characterized by uncertainty and causes changes and disruption to the routine life patterns. Emotional and behavioral responses of different people in an emergency situation vary in their intensity, but are similar in essence. Common physical responses include fatigue, weakness, lack of appetite etc., side by side with emotional reactions such as fears and anxieties, sadness, depression, lack of concentration and so on.
It is important to know that these are normal responses to an abnormal situation.
What can we do today in order to be prepared and cope more easily with potential emergency situations? The principle is simple: the more we know about emergencies in general and about the ways of coping with them in particular, the better we can function and believe in our own abilities and those of the people close to us, to cope with the situations as they arise. Advance preparation will make an emergency seem familiar and allow us to be ready with the physical means and the ways of possible responses, in order to react more effectively.