Emergencies, disasters and infectious diseases, like any life stressor, challenge the way people cope. Whether one learns about them on television or experiences them personally, one can feel upset, fearful and anxious as a result, both for one’s own personal safety as well as that of one’s family, friends and community. Stressful events can also bring up feelings and memories of previous traumatic events thereby compounding the distress that people feel.

In light of this, the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and its Executive Staff have been involved in the development of various emergency preparedness resources, as well as engaged in various emergency preparedness planning activities (see links on the right).

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NEW Shooting on Parliament Hill (Ottawa, ON)

(October 22, 2014): In the aftermath of todays’ shooting on Parliament Hill, the Canadian Psychological Association extends its thoughts to those impacted by today’s tragic events.

The following resources may be of help in managing distress and coping with the aftermath of today’s shooting at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, ON. The Canadian Psychological Association extends its thoughts to those impacted by today’s tragic events.

CPA resources on coping with natural disasters and emergencies: http://www.cpa.ca/public/emergencies/Resources.

Responding to Stressful Events

CPA Section on Traumatic Stress: http://www.cpa.ca/aboutcpa/cpasections/traumaticstress/.

Fire at Seniors Residence in Quebec. (January 2014)

The following resources may be of help in managing distress and coping with the aftermath of the recent fire at a Seniors Residence in Quebec.

CPA resources on coping with natural disasters and emergencies: http://www.cpa.ca/public/emergencies/Resources

Responding to Stressful Events

Other Resources

Train-Bus Collision in Ottawa, ON. (September 2013)

The following resources may be of help in managing distress and coping with the aftermath of the recent train-bus collision in Ottawa, ON. The Canadian Psychological Association extends its thoughts and condolences to those affected by the collision.

CPA resources on coping with natural disasters and emergencies: http://www.cpa.ca/public/emergencies/Resources

Responding to Stressful Events

CPA Section on Traumatic Stress: http://www.cpa.ca/aboutcpa/cpasections/traumaticstress/

Train Derailment and Explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. (July 2013)

The following resources may be of help in managing distress and coping with the aftermath of the recent train derailment and explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec.

CPA resources on coping with natural disasters and emergencies: http://www.cpa.ca/public/emergencies/Resources

Responding to Stressful Events

Floods in Toronto: coping with the aftermath. (July 2013)

The following resources may be of help in managing flood-related distress and coping with the aftermath.

CPA resource on coping with natural disasters and emergencies Coping with Concerns in the Aftermath of a Flood: Information for Canadians.

CPA Section on Traumatic Stress: http://www.cpa.ca/aboutcpa/cpasections/traumaticstress/

Resources Provided by the American Psychological Association (APA)

Floods in Alberta: coping with the aftermath.(June 2013)

The following resources may be of help in managing flood-related distress and coping with the aftermath.

CPA resource on coping with natural disasters and emergencies Coping with Concerns in the Aftermath of a Flood: Information for Canadians.

CPA Section on Traumatic Stress: http://www.cpa.ca/aboutcpa/cpasections/traumaticstress/

Resources Provided by the American Psychological Association (APA)