A crisis presents both a danger and an opportunity. Most communities respond to a disaster by pulling together and developing a sense of common identity. Typically, those communities recover from the disaster by rebuilding, improving the economy, initiating policy changes and developing new services aimed at making the community more resilient.
When a disaster strikes, empathy calls for action. Clearly, there is considerable stress associated with both surviving and recovering from disasters. Among many sources of stress, the psychological impact of a disaster can arise from physical injury, damage or loss of property, loss of friends and loved ones and financial strain.