“Choose empathy over apathy.” ― Mango Wodzak

Community

A crisis can occur which may have a psychological impact on the Kalamazoo County community as a whole; this material is meant to provide help at such moments; the material on this page are meant to help provide a guide through such difficult times, in conjunction with Kalamazoo Hope's other resources, should they be needed.  


If one is experiencing extreme distress, please use one of the helplines or text services on the Immediate Help page, contact 911, or visit a local medical center.



Alerts and Notification Systems


Citizen Alerts Information & Announcements (Michigan)


Emergency Alerts (ready.gov)


Tornado and Severe Weather (Western Michigan University)



Coping and Starting Recovery


After a Disaster (usa.gov)


Coping After Disaster, Trauma (American Psychiatric Asssociation)


Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event (Centers for Disease Control)


Gocomics.com - to help provide relaxation, or at least, hopefully, a distraction 


Helping Children Cope with Emergencies (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)


Kalamazoo Hope's Directory has a Leisure and Socializing document which offers various options for fun and taking one's mind off difficulties, allowing one a chance to relieve stress.  Kalamazoo Hope's YouTube channel also has a collection of material for similar purposes.


Recovering emotionally from disaster (American Psychological Association)



Preparation


Mental Health First Aid  - classes are available locally.


Prepare My Family for a Disaster (Department of Homeland Security)


Take a Class (American Red Cross) - a listing of various courses available to learn such skills as first aid and CPR.




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