Feeling Ready


In life, we can all be thrown into turmoil when the unexpected happens. Sometimes it is a change or an event out of our control that can result in prolonged stress, leaving us feeling worse off or behaving differently. Some emergencies have warnings, and some are unexpected, some come and go quickly, whilst others continue for weeks, months, or years.


While COVID-19 certainly fits that description, we cannot forget that we are approaching our Cyclone and wet season.


Do you have an ESKIE?


In the same way that we prepare a disaster emergency kit with candles, tin food, water, a radio etc., we can prepare and better cope with the emotional stress our family may experience by creating an ESKIE – Emotional Support Kit In Emergencies


You can put anything in your ESKIE that you and your family might need to make you feel better, help distract you or to do together as a family. You could include things such as books; cuddly toys; decks of cards; games; and music in your ESKIE. Don’t forget to also include paper, pens and pencils, and some colouring in books – for adults and kids – these are a welcome distraction and can help focus and quiet our minds during long periods of stress.


Living in the Far North, we know to prepare an emergency kit for the cyclone season or check the safety of the car or boat before we go on a trip. However, we should also prepare ourselves and those around us for what we might feel, think, and do during a stressful event or an emergency. 


People exhibit a wide range of emotional responses to a crisis and stress. Worry, anger, sadness, nervousness, excitement, and confusion can lead people of all ages to behave in ways that are different from how they usually act.


So, how can we prepare for periods of stress? 


One of the best and easiest things to do is to be prepared. Learn about stress and what you can do to decrease your everyday stress, so that you are better able to cope with a big stressful event. You can also sit down as a family and plan for stressful situations.


You can start by thinking about the following questions:


  1. How do you and your family respond to stress? What is the same and what is different? What helps and what doesn’t. 
  2. What stressful events could happen? What will you need to do? How will it affect your family? 
  3. Know your neighbours. Who else in your street or local area might need your help or might help you? 


Dealing with everyday stress will help you cope better in a crisis. Some of the things you can do to deal with everyday stress include:


  • Work on those things that cause worry or disagreements now. 
  • Look after yourself and take time out to exercise, go fishing, read a book, etc. 
  • Plan fun activities with family and friends. Create a “work-life” balance. 
  • Ask for help if you need it, supports are available.


The Tully Support Centre is funded by the Queensland Government and services communities throughout the Cassowary Coast. 


The Tully Support Centre is located at 54 Bryant Street in Tully. Its opening hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm; and Wednesday from 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm.

To register your interest or for more information about groups and other services, please call 40 681 004, check the Tully Support Centre online at www.tullysupportcentre.com.au or follow us on Facebook “Tully Support Centre Inc.”

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