Coping with storm anxiety and stress

Experts say to empower yourself through preparation
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Posted at 3:44 AM, Feb 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-17 14:55:15-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Storm 5 Alert is issued for Middle Tennessee ahead of severe weather Thursday afternoon. For some, the anxiety about possible severe weather is already building up.

It's not uncommon to feel like this and there is a way to empower yourself through preparation.

Middle Tennessee is no stranger to severe weather. We’ve experienced some heartbreaking tragedies and so have our neighbors in Kentucky, many of whom are still recovering from deadly tornadoes last year.

The National Weather Service wants people to think about where to take shelter, making sure to have several ways to get weather warnings and information, and having a plan for themselves and their families, to help reduce fear and stress levels when storms are in the area.

Also, learn local geography, like nearby cities and counties, because understanding where the storms are and where they’re going can make severe weather much less stressful.

You may also want to create an emergency health information sheet for every member of your family.

If you have an intense reaction to severe weather like difficulty breathing or panic attacks, contact your doctor.