We gather supplies and polish our skills to prepare for large scale disasters, but there are psychological factors that are equally crucial to survival. Your psychological response to physical and emotional stress can aggravate the circumstances of an already difficult situation. Knowing how the mind’s coping mechanisms work and how both the mind and body react in different situations can help us prepare mentally for various scenarios. In developing the will to survive, we can lessen (or at least manage) the impact if the worst should happen.
At this meeting, we will look at individual reactions to disasters, avoiding shock/panic, and psychological coping strategies for personal survival.