The last 24 hours have reminded us of our individual vulnerability, as well as the vulnerability of our community and our state. Hurricane Ian is an example of a traumatic event in the third realm of ACEs that can bring about increased stress and strong emotional reactions. We acknowledge that this can be an incredibly challenging time for many and we encourage people to stay connected, reach out for help when needed, and support each other as you are able. This is how we can build resilience - by connecting, getting support, talking through our fears, pain, and struggles; and remembering what we’re grateful for.
We’ve all been exposed to the destruction that the storm has left behind. We are reminded that impermanence is a fact of life, and through learning to accept this, we can cultivate our personal wellbeing and individual and collective resilience. As we read the news and step out into the streets, we notice how our community has already demonstrated its resilience - the millions of dollars raised across the state to support relief efforts, neighbors looking out for each other and extending a hand where possible, and volunteers donating supplies and supporting those dislocated in shelters.
During this time, we remind you of when Mr. Rogers said: “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
We ‘d also like to express our deep appreciation for those on the front lines – first responders, utility workers, local officials, and everyone else who jumped to the rescue as Hurricane Ian unleashed heavy winds and flooded our state.
As we transition from the response to the recovery phase of Hurricane Ian, we’d like to share with you the below resources. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if we can be of support in any way.
INFORMATION ABOUT EMOTIONAL RESPONSES & SUPPORT:
- Managing the traumatic stress of a hurricane and its aftermath
- 9 ways to take care of your mental health after Hurricane Ian
- SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline
Call or text 1-800-985-5990 to connect with a trained crisis counselor
- Tips for Survivors of a Disaster and Other Traumatic Events
CHILDREN AND YOUTH:
- Tips for talking with and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers
- Tips for Disaster Responders: Preventing and Managing Stress
RECOVERING FROM HURRICANE DAMAGE:
- EPA - Recovering After a Hurricane
- Heart of Florida United Way - Resources
- FEMA - Hurricane Ian & Assistance Information
HOW TO HELP:
- How to Help Victims of Hurricane Ian in Florida (And How to Avoid Charity Scams)
- How to help Florida victims of Hurricane Ian (Orlando Sentinel)
- Donate to the Florida Disaster Fund
Image Source: OC Fire Rescue, Twitter