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And limit watching those hair-raising news reports.

“We should remind ourselves that the distressing images in the media are not balanced to all the potential outcomes. Hurricanes can be awful, but they don´t always do the damage we see on TV,” Mr. Marker said.

“We are constantly accepting risks: driving, flying in airplanes, starting families, starting jobs. Often we cope much better than we can imagine. We have handled adversity in the past, we can also handle it in the future.”