Disaster and Emergency Resources
Hurricanes and other natural disasters are a stressful time for everyone. Our experienced physicians have compiled a list of resources you might find helpful during this stressful time or help you cope once the storm has passed.
- This tip sheet describes reactions often associated with sheltering in a place. It also suggests ways to care for yourself and your family during the experience and provides additional resources you may find helpful.
- NAMI has complied a list of helplines and their numbers. They also provide information about what to do in a crisis and how to cope after a disaster.
- Disaster Distress Helpline. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. This 24/7, 365-day-a-year, multilingual and confidential national hotline is dedicated to offering immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Available to all U.S. residents and its territories.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor.
- Crisis Text Line. Text NAMI to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.
- NAMI HelpLine. Call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) M–F 10 a.m.–6 p.m., ET for free mental health information, referrals and support.
- These resources for helping children cope with a disaster was complied by the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP).
- You can find some frequently asked questions regarding how to talk to your child about a disaster and how to determine if your child needs to see a mental health professional.
- This guide helps parents identify responses to trauma in children at various ages. Providing you with a list of reactions and symptoms to look for in your child and how you can help children and adolescents who have experienced trauma.