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Normal Reactions After a House Fire

Recently, in Alberta, many people have been evacuated from their homes due to a major fire occurring in Fort McMurray. As people begin to settle into their temporary lodgings and collecting basic necessities lost during their evacuation, they are likely finding it hard to take everything in and all that they have lost.

If you are reading this post, it is likely because you or someone you know is experiencing various symptoms, such as being jumpy or on edge, and you are wondering what some of the normal reactions are after experiencing a house fire.

This is the first video in a three-part series that I created to address the concerns and questions many people are asking since the fires in Fort McMurray began last week.

In this video, I will cover some of the normal reactions you can expect.

This knowledge will likely help to reduce some of the fear you may have of your reactions, as well as knowing when you may want to begin seeking professional help.


As mentioned, this video is the first video in a 3-part series. To view the other two videos of this series, you can click on the links below:

Video 2 – 5 Ways to Cope After a House Fire or Crisis

Video 3 – Helping Your Children Cope After A House Fire


Getting Extra Help

If you are finding it difficult to cope yourself or to be able to help your children cope, below are some numbers you can contact to be connected with a mental health professional trained to treat trauma and assist people through crises.

* AHS Adult Mental Health Intake: 780-342-7600

* Children Mental Health Intake: 780-342-2701

* Children’s Mental Health Crisis Line: 780-427-4491

* 211 (Edmonton Info Line)


If you would like to connect with me personally, you can do so by clicking on the links below:

samanthapekh.com / psychsolutions.ca

[email protected]

780-710-9567

Samantha Pekh

Samantha Pekh

M.A., Registered Psychologist