Resources for Military Members Following a Hurricane

Man walking outside in a flood and rain storm.
U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker
By Alia Creason, Ph.D.
September 14, 2018

In the midst and aftermath of Hurricane Florence, service members and their families living in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia may experience challenging living conditions and may be displaced from their homes. Given the uncertainty of Florence’s final path and potential secondary impacts of hurricanes, those in other states may be affected as well. Access to emergency response resources can make a critical difference for those impacted by the hurricane and providers and commands should encourage service members, veterans and military families to leverage all available resources.

General Hurricane Assistance and Information

Military-specific Information and Resources

Air Force Resources

Army Resources

Navy/Marine Corps Resources

Coast Guard Resources

Veteran-specific Resources

Child-focused Resources

Information for Psychological Health Providers

After natural disasters, such as damaging hurricanes, it is common and normal to experience many different emotions. Individuals may report a range of emotions, such as feeling sad, overwhelmed, shocked, helpless, “numb,” distracted, or fatigued. Some may experience intrusive, repeated images of what they have seen. These responses are to be expected, and for most individuals, the symptoms will fade with time. However, if symptoms do not abate within several weeks or if they contribute to unhealthy coping responses (such as increased alcohol or substance use), it may be beneficial for these individuals to seek help and support from their health care provider.  

Psychological health providers should be ready to offer support following hurricanes, as needed. In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, they can provide psychological first aid, which is an evidence-informed approach to reduce initial distress and to foster adaptive functioning. They can also help educate their patients on normal responses to extreme stressors, such as experiencing a hurricane, and help patients to move forward. These resources provide additional information on post-disaster psychological health support:

Creason is a contracted licensed clinical psychologist on the evidence-based practice team at the Psychological Health Center of Excellence. She has a doctorate in counseling and human systems and a master of public health in maternal and child health. 


The views expressed in Clinician's Corner blogs are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Psychological Health Center of Excellence or Department of Defense.


Comments

  • Please know all going through the destructive powers aftermath that you are not alone. You are held up high in personal prayers and thoughts of hope and recovery. Ask , and it shall be given to you. Knock and the door to resilience is yours. You have already been through the worst, so it only gets better from now on. This nation applauds your courage and your fighting spirit , and joins you in hope for recovery to come. We are one nation, we rise and stand together..

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