Tips for Coping with a Disaster:
- Talk about it. By talking with others about the event you can relieve stress and anxiety.
- Be with family and friends: Your support system of family and friends can help you through a disaster. Stay in touch with the individuals who have supported you in the past through difficult situations.
- Good healthy self-care: Exercise, eat properly, get plenty of rest and limit your intake of caffeine and nicotine. Avoid illegal drugs and excessive drinking. These substances may temporarily relieve stress; however, they can cause additional problems and ultimately increase your level of stress and anxiety.
- Don’t forget about leisure activities: Remember to read a book, walk with a friend, watch a movie or do something else you find enjoyable.
- Do something positive: Give blood, prepare care packages, volunteer to clean up and help with the rebuilding effort. Helping others will make you feel better and give you a sense of purpose in the aftermath of Sandy.
- American Red Cross and FEMA have prepared a booklet to assist children to deal with a disaster.http://fema.gov/pdf/library/children.pdf
- The National Education Association Health Information Network has compiled a guide on dealing with crises and provides information on the mental health needs of students, school staff and the larger school community:http://www.neahin.org/assets/pdfs/schoolcrisisguide.pdf
- The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry offers families information on how to help children deal with disasters: http://www.aacap.org/cs/root/facts for families/helping children after a disaster
The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) is available as a point of first contact to serve students affected by Hurricane Sandy. Students with any of the following needs are urged to contact the Vice President’s Office by email at SA@tcnj.edu ; in person at Brower Student Center room 214; or by phone at (609)771-2201.
Please Contact the VPSA Office if You have Any of the Following Needs:
- Concerns regarding your financial obligation to the College or anticipated changes to your financial status resulting in increased need for financial aid.
- Students may also feel free to contact on their own the Office of Student Financial Assistance by email at OSFA@tcnj.edu ; in person at Green Hall room 101; or by phone at (609)771-2211 or the Office of Student Accounts by email at STUACCTS@tcnj.edu ; in person at Green Hall room 119; or by phone at (609)771-2172.
- Belief you may need to be absent from classes due to lack of fuel or loss of a vehicle.
- Students may also feel free to contact individual faculty members.
- You commute to school and need a place to stay due to loss of power or inability to access your permanent residence.
- You or someone you are concerned about need counseling services.
- Students may also choose to contact the Office of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) on their own in person at Eickhoff Hall room 107 or by phone at (609)771-2247.
- You are considering withdrawing from school.
For Staff & Faculty:
For many at TCNJ, the effects of Hurricane Sandy may have a long lasting impact. Many colleagues have been worried about loved ones, been displaced by the storm and experienced significant property damage negatively affecting the physical and psychological health of our TCNJ community. Individuals may be experiencing stress, anxiety, depression and sleep disturbances in the aftermath of the hurricane.
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to assist employees and their family members with the traumatic impact of this storm. Short term counseling, provision of referral services, support groups, psycho-educational information, management consultations and other services are available to faculty, staff and family members. Employees and their family members may contact the EAP at 609.771.2139 or by e-mail at EAP@tcnj.edu. After business hours, Individuals may contact an EAP counselor at 609.571.0677. All calls will be returned within 24 hours.