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Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event

During and after a disaster it is natural to experience different and strong emotions. Connect with family, friends and others who were affected in your community. Take care of yourself and each other, and know when and how to seek help. Coping with these feelings and getting help when you need it will help you, your family, and your community recover from a disaster. There are steps that families, community and organizational leaders, state and local government, and emergency responders can take to help themselves and others cope.

  • SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990 (TTY for deaf/hearing impaired: 1-800-846-8517) or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
  • Spanish speakers in Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands can text Hablanos to
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Take care of yourself and each other to cope during an emergency or disaster.