The Psychological Cycle of Disaster Response


When thinking about survival, there are four essential principles we must take care of. These include protection, location, water, and food. I think these are the basics of physical survival. There are, however, other important aspects that can affect your chance of overcoming a disaster or emergency. Your psychological experience is one of them.According to Colin Towel, author of The Survival Handbook, we go through four psychological stages when responding to a disaster or emergency. These include the following different periods: pre-impact, impact, recoil, and post-trauma, which I will briefly describe in this blog post.