Hurricanes, tropical storms, and the severe weather associated
with both- namely flooding
and tornadoes -can lead to emotional distress in those that
experience them. Survivors living in the impacted areas (including
children and teens), loved ones of victims, and first responders,
rescue & recovery workers are all at risk.
Feelings such as overwhelming anxiety, constant worrying, trouble
sleeping and other depression-like symptoms are common responses to
disasters and traumatic events (before, during and after the
event), although reactions can vary from person-to-person. Most
people that experience disasters are able to 'bounce back' in a
short period of time, but others may need additional support in
order to cope and move forward on the path of recovery.
The Disaster Distress Helpline provides year-round, 24/7 phone-
and text-based crisis counseling to anyone who is experiencing
emotional distress related to natural or man-made disasters within
the U.S. and territories. Those impacted by Hurricanes and Tropical
Storms who might be experiencing distress and having difficulty
coping can reach out to us any time for
Because forecasts for tropical storms and hurricanes can last
for days as they take shape, as well as the overall unpredictable
nature of the forecasts (the projected path of the storms can shift
frequently in the early days of formation), those living in
hurricane-prone areas as well as anyone who has struggled to
recover from experiences with past storms may be vulnerable to
distress before the event occurs.
Once warnings and evacuation orders are issued, the risk for
distress becomes greater:
After evacuation orders are lifted, additional distress may
occur upon return to the impacted area if a home, business, school,
place of worship or a beloved community landmark such as a
neighborhood park or wildlife refuge are damaged or destroyed.
When loss of or major damage to any kind of property occurs,
distress may arise from having to adjust to a 'new normal', such
First responders, rescue and recovery workers include:
Risk factors for emotional distress among first responders,
rescue & recovery worker distress includes:
If you or someone you know shows any of these warning
signs, whether you know they are in relation to a tropical
storm or hurricane or if you aren't sure how they started ...
Talk with us. You are not alone! Call our
toll-free number 1-800-985-5990 or
text TalkWithUs to 66746 (Spanish-speakers can
text Hablanos to 66746) for support and counseling. Calls and
texts are answered by trained, caring counselors from crisis call
centers located throughout the U.S.
The national '2-1-1' network of call centers offers
up-to-the-minute, local, disaster-specific information and
resources. Visit http://www.211.org to locate a
specific center serving a drought-impacted area, or simply dial
Although the Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7/365
crisis counseling and support for all 50 states and
territories, if you are looking to connect with a local
crisis center, visit the National Suicide
Prevention Lifeline at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
to look up the nearest call center serving the
TS/hurricane-impacted area or call 1-800-273-TALK .
Creating safety and emergency plans for your home and
business can give you a sense of control when severe weather
is forecasted, and help you and your loved ones to feel calmer
when disasters and other emergencies strike.
For information on how
to prepare for a tropical storm, hurricane, or any disaster