FBHA HURRICANE RESOURCE CENTER
Florida is no stranger when it comes to hurricanes and other water-born natural disasters. As behavioral health providers, centers, patients and staff prepare for hurricane season, Florida Behavioral Health Association is using this platform to emphasize the importance of being prepared for storms. Not just supply wise, but also mental health-wise. There are necessary steps that must occur to ensure people are aware of and have access to mental health resources during a natural disaster.
If a hurricane does make landfall, FBHA is in direct contact with various state agencies as well as the state Emergency Operation Center and the Governor’s office to ensure we provide the most up-to-date and accurate information.
Behavioral health providers must have access to and need to be in direct contact with their local EOC’s. EOC’s are resources for solving problems such as getting power back on in centers and addressing utility issues.
Hurricane season not only means bad weather and blocked roads, but it also opens the flood gates for anxiety, stress, fear, PTSD triggers and other mental health issues. Preparation is imperative and has proved to decrease anxiety before and during a storm.
Below are resources to ensure you are prepared.
- National Hurricane Center: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
- Go Hurricane Preparation: https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes
- American Redcross: https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/hurricane.html
- Department of Children and Families Hurricane Resources: https://www.myflfamilies.com/disaster/
- CDC’s Hurricane Kit: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/before.html
- Alert Florida: https://apps.floridadisaster.org/alertflorida/
- State Emergency Operations Center: https://www.floridadisaster.org/state-eoc/
- Shelter Information by County: https://www.floridadisaster.org/planprepare/shelters/
- Emergency Management by County: https://www.floridadisaster.org/counties/
Members in action
Lakeview Center in Pensacola
Dr. David Josephs of Lakeview Center in Pensacola joined Andrew McKay of Pensacola Morning News to discuss the post-traumatic stress that comes from a catastrophic event such as Hurricane Sally. To listen, click here:bit.ly/3659iEC
Disaster and Mental Health
- State of Florida Emergency Information Line: 1-800-342-3557
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): 1-800-621-3362
- SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
- The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.
Social Media Accounts to Follow
National Hurricane Center Twitter: @NHC_Atlantic
National Weather Service Facebook: @NWS
FEMA Twitter: @fema
FEMA en español Twitter: @FEMAespanol
Emergency Management Centers
Indian River County
Palm Beach County
St Johns County
St Lucie County
Santa Rosa County