EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- The impact of the horrific crash goes far beyond family and friends. The community and first responders are among those feeling the emotional pain and anguish.
When something devastating like this plane crash occurs, you really can't measure how it impacts the community and beyond.
That's why town leaders are taking the lead, so those affected can overcome the anxiety, whether they realize it or not, could have a firm grip on them.
Clutching stuffed animals, Luci Neps and her children Briana and Frankie return to the house they almost rented.
"God forbid they were my kids, I almost moved into that house," said Luci Neps, East Haven.
The house where sisters, 13-year-old Sade Brantley and one-year-old Madisyn Mitchell died, when a plane crashed into an East Haven neighborhood.
"I can't believe those two babies," said Neps. "I live a couple of streets over. It could have happened to my house."
Repetitive thoughts similar to that, experts warn could lead some people to experience post traumatic stress reaction.
"Maybe becoming depressed, feeling really anxious, maybe feeling afraid to go outside," said Beth Trotta, East Haven Counseling and Community Services.
Beth Trotta is a licensed clinical social worker, at East Haven Counseling and Community Services, ready to help those feeling overwhelmed.
"Just trying to be calm, remember that this is a horrible event but it's not a common event," said Trotta. "This is a really horrible event that has occurred in our town and it makes sense that people would be having various reactions to it."
Talking about what happened, she says is a good first step. That's what they are already doing at the East Haven Fire Department, among the first on scene.
"We've been very involved in speaking with each and every member of both career and volunteer departments. We're putting together opportunities for them to talk, to express some of their feelings in the event they need to," said Assistant Chief Charles Licata, East Haven Fire Department.
"The members of this department are handling this like we expect them to handle it, with the utmost professionalism and still offering uninterrupted service to every member of this community, and they are taking care of themselves very well at this time," said Deputy Chief P.J. Norwood, East Haven Fire Department.
City leaders are coordinating the effort to help guide the community in this time of uncertainty and emotional pain.
If you're having a tough time sleeping, experts recommend taking a break from watching the news and focus on things that bring you joy like family, friends, even hobbies.
Be sure to seek professional help, if needed.
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