Disaster Recovery Burn-Out Prevention

It is natural for us to extend help in a crisis. It is also natural to get tired, when stress is prolonged. Because of this, recovery from mass disaster tends to follow a very particular pattern. Zunin and Meyers were the first to identify how communities go through different stages of healing.


What to look for, What to Expect

  • HEROIC:  From impact after disaster strikes.  Lasts for about one week.
  • HONEYMOON: Lasts several weeks and there is a sense of the community “pulling together.” In times of mass-disaster, there may be media attention and support from communities around the world.
  • DISILLUSIONMENT: Can last from about one month to a few years.  All the attention from media (and support from the world community) is gone; things take longer, glitches in the system become apparent and or the system fails, and questions are unanswered.  Stress becomes apparent as we begin to take stock of our losses. Watch out for rumors, frustration, fear and short tempers.  This is a time of radical transformation and constant tests of character.
  • RECONSTRUCTION: Final stage with realization of what has been experienced and what each person and / or community can do to restore the community at large. Can also last from one month to three years in some communities.

Here is a link for How to Help in Alberta.



Self – Care. . .
What to do?


T-take time out for Self-Care Turn inward for a deeper truth

R-Relax, BREATHE Breathe in to a  count of 4,  and exhale to a count of 4 to return to your heart and reduce anxiety. Remember to rest, meditate and enjoy the sanctuary of inner quiet

 U-Use the tools you have--inner and outer resources Use intuition to experience this as a spiritual test of character. Gain insight into yourself; Understand the challenges of being human and have compassion for self and others Explore positive lesson learned for you and your community;

S-Share Talk to friends, and listen to others with the ears of your heart. Share your insights, learning and healing with others

T- Try Again. . .and again Take time for Self-care Tend to-and-befriend yourself and others.

Self-Connection is running free movie nights . . . . the movie nights are intended to be fun and to be a break from the chaos, but also they are fundraisers for the two organizations that Self-Connection has chosen to support: the Food Bank, and the Distress Centre.

“The food bank is overwhelmed with requests because of the number of fridges, freezers and homes that lost power. The Distress Center is fielding a large increase in calls from people who are concerned about the financial implications, where to live while repairs are done, how this impacts their ability to work, and how their children are responding and the emotional and stressful toll it has taken on them.”

Free Movie Nights!!
Take a Break!

http://gallery.mailchimp.com/b4056ed3f5cecf0710c86639b/images/food_bank.jpg   There are many ways in which we, the people of Calgary, can offer our support to the victims of the flood and to the organizations helping the victims of the flood.    For our part, Self Connection has decided to offer its support to the Food Bank and to the Distress Center.    Both of these organizations are in dire need of help.   The food bank is overwhelmed with requests because of the number of fridges, freezers and homes that lost power.  The Distress Center is fielding a large increase in calls from people who are concerned about the financial implications, where to live while repairs are done, how this impacts their ability to work,  and how their children are responding and the emotional and stressful toll it has taken on them.   Self Connection is happy to help such a wonderful resource.


So, as a way of offering some momentary relief and perhaps some fun and laughs, we are showing a series of movies that we are calling the ‘Take A Break’ Movie Series.    There is no cost to attend, but we do ask that you bring a donation for the Food Bank, and if inclined, you can leave a cash donation for the Crisis Center.

PLEASE CALL THE STORE AT 403-284-1486 if you are planning to attend so that we can monitor the # of seats.

We will be scheduling more films to show and are open to suggestions.     IF THERE IS A MOVIE THAT YOU THINK WOULD BE FUN TO WATCH, let us know.

Note that if you wish to make a donation to the Food Bank, you don’t have to wait until movie night….we have a table at the front of the store where you can leave any non-perishable food items.

July 12, 7 pm
The original Airplane movie with Leslie Nielsen, Lloyd Bridges, and Peter Graves.  Guaranteed to make you laugh.


July 18, 7 pm
A career-spanning documentary on the Rolling Stones, with concert footage from their “A Bigger Bang” tour.   Scorcese filmed the Stones over a two-day period at the intimate Beacon Theater in New York City in fall 2006.   Cinematographers capture the raw energy of the legendary band.   A must-see for any Jagger/Richards fans.   And a great selection for our 12 ft wide screen and 5:1 Digital Audio system.


Did you know we have very nice, high-quality book shelves available for anyone who can use them?    They came from our Willow Park store and are not needed at the NW store.   They can be purchased if you are a business or want them for personal use, or, if you are a non-profit, they are available to you at no-cost.   Call Mike at the store to inquire.


Self Connection Contact Information

Address:   125, 4611 Bowness Road NW (Montgomery)
Phone:  403-284-1486
Toll-Free: 866-735-3457
Email:  info@selfconnection.ca
Website:  www.selfconnection.ca

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Summer Solstice June 21 2013

Our back yard at 7:00 pm Jun 20th, Thursday—Today the water has moved to the street, engulfing the homes on our street.

Our back yard at
7:00 pm Jun 20th, Thursday—The following day the water had moved to the street, engulfing the homes on our street.


What an amazing Solstice this was for us.  For me, Solstice is usually a time of prayers, gratitude and visioning the future—Even more-this season—with Mother Nature reminding us, here in Alberta, of our essential dependency upon each other and upon nature as we faced massive evacuations and floods!


June 21st., Friday. Photo from the ridge near where we stayed while evacuated. (Our home is on the far side of the river on the other side of the new pond).

Because my husband Harold, and I live on the Bow river, in Calgary, AND.  . .because we suddenly found ourselves  living in a disaster zone . . .  we were evacuated Thursday June 20 around 7:00 pm—along with about 100,000 other Calgarians who live in areas that were being impacted by the  floods.

I have so much gratitude for our city!. . . The City of Calgary first responders went door to door speaking with residents, taking names of occupants, and offering help to all who might have needed it. Phenomenal team work from the whole city—police, firemen, hospitals and crisis centers, a host of volunteers, –and cooperation from local residents effected by the deluge.

I am also in awe of our community, far and wide– we have been receiving an out pouring of texts and emails from friends, family, colleagues, students and trainees, and more. . .all offering assistance,  a place to stay, help cleaning up when we get back into our home—you name it—help is there!

And of course, we are thankful for being ‘high and dry’ and well, enjoying the company and hospitality of friends in Dalhousie–owners of the English B&B—who were hosting now stranded guests visiting Calgary for a conference; along with putting us up in their spare room—full house there!

Today, I especially am thinking of my many friends, world-wide, who have suffered mass disasters, and I feel the solidarity of your love, courage and patience—qualities I have learned from you when I had the opportunity to enter crisis areas in Java, and Aceh in Indonesia, Haiti, Israel,  Japan, Sierra Leone, California, Mexico, the UK,  and beyond.

How lucky we are!  We are comfortable, with our computers (and a few other items we were able to take with us when we were evacuated.) in the company of loving friends.

Now we enter into the time of the Great Mystery. . .awaiting the discovery of what lies ahead for all of us, and our Province.

Thank you again, for your prayers, and know that I am reading texts and emails, though I may not have time to answer right now.

With Appreciation,
Dr. Beth Hedva




PS.  Re: Rebuilding after Southern Alberta Floods

Just a note to let you know that, after being evacuated from our homes due to the torrential flooding in Southern Alberta, my husband, Harold, and I have suffered minimal damage, and are ‘back to normal’.  Many of our immediate neighbors on our street and especially people and businesses in SMALLER COMMUNITIES did not fare as well and have less ‘man power’ to rebuild.  Now comes the time of rebuilding, and extending help to each other over the long haul. . .


Take a look at this. . . Global news clip

The Siksika, Morley and Stoney Nakoda reserves have issued an urgent need for volunteers and drivers, to help unload and sort donations. They also need dollies, carts and a forklift as well as food, water and cleaning supplies.

Contact Yvonne Cita at 403-836-3166

Also calling for VOLUNTEER SUPPORT from the Administration of the town of High River. Please pass it along if you can help or know people who can . . .They need. . .

• Engineers (roads, water, sewer, etc)
• Municipal Planners & development officers Building code
• Inspectors/approvers
• Economic development officers
• Data entry clerks
• Community phone call centers
• Insurance claims coordinators
• Para-legal or folks very familiar with legal documents
• Some type of rental housing for Town employees and folks who cannot return to their homes for several months

Can you send this viral to your contacts and ask if anyone fits any of these jobs and is willing to help?

Please contact:
jthackray@highriver.ca, or jwestley@highriver.ca

Many thanks. Together we will get them back on their feet.