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Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event

People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment plans during an emergency and monitor for any new symptoms. Additional information can be found at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website.

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.

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
  • People with deafness or hearing loss can use their preferred relay service to call 1-800-985-5990.

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Take care of yourself and each other to cope during an emergency or disaster.