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Coping After an Earthquake: Only You Can Determine Your Healing Time

Release date: 
February 4, 2020
Release Number: 
DR-4473-PR NR-10

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico – If earthquakes and aftershocks are causing you stress and anxiety, know that you are not alone.   While it is natural to withdraw and to keep feelings to yourself, connecting with others and talking about your feelings could make you feel better.


Some simple tips to help lessen anxiety include staying connected with your family and your closest friends. Check on your neighbors, especially people who may need help like seniors, parents with young children and people with disabilities.  


Remember to keep a healthy balance between your work, home, family and personal needs. Try incorporating exercise and rest into your daily routine and know that what you feel is okay.


Earthquakes and aftershock are expected to continue, which can be unsettling. If you are feeling anxious or stressed, call the Primera Ayuda Sicosocial at 800-981-0023 and meet with a crisis counselor. 


Disasters have a way of bringing people together so don’t hesitate to reach out to a neighbor, join a support group or call an old friend. Be patient with yourself, remember healing takes time and you determine the amount of time you need to heal.


For more information on Puerto Rico’s disaster recovery, visit the Government of Puerto Rico,, and Facebook:



FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or 711 for Video Relay Service. Multilingual operators are available. (Press 2 for Spanish.) TTY call 800-462-7585.

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Last Updated: 
February 4, 2020 - 11:14