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Last night there were tornadoes in my area. My family and I are okay, thankfully, and our home didn't incur any damages. It's not the first time there have been tornadoes or severe weather in this area. I live along the Gulf Coast, so hurricanes and thunderstorms are pretty common. However, it was the first time in all the years we've lived here that a tornado warning was issued for our neighborhood.

Natural disasters can be very frightening, especially ones that have very little or no warning. I felt an intense fear last night, as I was covering my head and holding onto my dogs so they wouldn't be hurt, while listening to the weather channel for updates on the location of the tornado. It's a fear that comes with the realization that everything in your life can be taken away in a moment. Not just your life, but your home, your family, your pets, even your sense of security.

Those of you who have experienced natural disasters, how did you feel during it and in the aftermath of it? Any stories of personal experiences you'd like to share? If anyone is still feeling shaken over a natural disaster, please feel free to talk about it here.

For those of you still suffering some anxiety in the aftermath of a natural disaster, counselling can be very helpful in coping and dealing with the stress of it. Your school counsellors can be a good place to start, though, of course, if anyone needs help finding a therapist in their area, we'd be glad to assist in the search.

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Im glad to hear that you and your family are ok, Orca. I hope you continue to stay safe.

I remember visiting Sri Lanka during the boxing day tsunami in 2004. There were 35,000 deaths just in our country. Luckily, no immediate family members were affected. But many extended relatives and friends of friends lost their lives and livelihood. I was fortunate that I was not in a coastal area at the time.

I also remember returning home and feeling very helpless to offer anything and a kind of 'survivor guilt' as well. You find yourself thinking, "Why do I deserve to live when all these innocent people died?" I guess we all work out our own answers to that one...

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I live in Indiana, and so I was a semi-witness of the terrible flooding there this summer. My family, my house, my part of town was fine, but it was deeply surreal... there I was, staring out my window at what had turned into the kind of golden summer afternoon that only seems to come after a storm, and people were being boat-evacuated from their homes literally about four miles south of me. Our whole family was a little shaken about it for days. My parents and I had similar reactions- my parents actually went out driving that day to check on our lake property about 45 minutes away (and their adventures to try to find a way back home as waters kept rising were rather frightening), and they had to take pictures of the flood waters. While they were gone, I called all of my friends that I knew were in flood-prone areas and made sure they were okay... and then took that information and mapped out a detour route to go visit my girlfriend. I needed to see that she was okay- and see the floodwaters near her house. Just to verify that this was actually happening.

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