Look after yourselves and each other through quakes and aftershocks

Now is the time to look after each other as the Hanmer earthquakes affect different people in different ways.

Public Health Specialist and Chair of the Greater Christchurch Psychosocial Committee Dr Lucy D’Aeth says there are people cut off in homes, without power and water, particularly in the North Canterbury areas around Hanmer, Kaikoura and Waiau.

“For the most affected communities, the priorities are the most basic things – sharing clean water, food, and checking in on neighbours. There will be those who need support to dig a long-drop/outside toilet, or tidy up damaged properties.”

“Helping others and giving your time can make a big difference, whether it’s helping someone with a big clean up job or spending time talking to people about how they are doing,” says Dr D’Aeth.

She also says it’s normal to feel a range of emotions, so expect those around you to be coping differently.

“Our brains react chemically to earthquakes – releasing adrenaline which can cause us to feel shaky, queasy or on-edge and make it hard for us to concentrate. This response is our body’s alarm system – it is your body telling you to be alert and ready for action.

“These emotions should calm – but they can take longer to do so if the aftershocks continue for some time.”

There are things you can do to help you feel better. Try and keep your routine as normal as you can although it is difficult – especially when around children who will take their lead from you.

Published on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016, under Uncategorised
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