Experiencing emotional distress as a hurricane approaches is not uncommon. Feelings of overwhelming anxiety, having trouble sleeping, constantly worrying and other depression-like symptoms are common during hurricanes. The best thing you can do is try to remain calm and prepare yourself, your family and your property. When you feel ready, visit a neighbor or loved one and offer your help.
To help you prepare both physically and emotionally for the storm to come, we’ve compiled a few resources:
- SAMHSA has a Disaster Distress Hotline (1-800-985-5990) providing 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
- SAMHSA also offers additional resources for better preparing for hurricanes and tropical storms.
- The American Psychological Association (APA) offers tips to strengthen your emotional well-being before the arrival of a hurricane.