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Personal Impact

Following and emergency you will want to go back to a state of normality as quickly as possible. It is important to remember that 'normality' will now have to include the effects that the disaster has had on you, your family and the community.

The personal impact of a major emergency may include:

  • Feeling stressed and mentally affected by the emergency.

There are several agencies and groups within Dumfries and Galloway which can offer emotional support, such as:

Support can be given through your GP

  • Think about of children in your care. They can be more affected than they show and reactions can be delayed. For more information on this go to Helping children affected by an emergency.
  • The signs that someone, including yourself, needs help include:
    • Difficulty communicating thoughts
    • Difficulty sleeping
    • Difficulty keeping balance
    • Easily frustrated
    • Easily flaring up
    • Increased use of alcohol/drugs
    • Limited attention span
    • Poor work performance
    • Headaches/stomach problems
    • Tunnel vision/muffled hearing
    • Cold or flu-like symptoms
    • Disorientation or confusion
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Reluctance to leave home
    • Depression, sadness
    • Feeling of hopelessness
    • Mood-swings and crying easily
    • Overwhelming guilt and self-doubt
    • Fear of crowds, strangers and being alone

(Reference: Coping with crisis)

Being appropriately prepared will held to help minimise the impact of any future major emergencies in Dumfries and Galloway.

Contact Details

Social Work Services (Care for People Manager)
Dumfries and Galloway Council
030 33 33 3000

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