RALEIGH, N.C. -- As the holiday season approaches – and Hurricane Irene survivors are busy getting their lives back in order – signs of emotional stress can be easily overlooked.
Anyone who still feels overwhelmed by their Hurricane Irene experience should call for free crisis counseling services. The statewide toll-free number is 866-451-7760. Lines are open from 8 a.m. until midnight seven days a week. All calls are confidential.
In late August Hurricane Irene caused a great deal of destruction in North Carolina. Homes and businesses were flooded and there was extensive property damage. But the losses that are most difficult to measure are the ones that destroy a person's peace of mind.
Here are just a few of the things to look for:
- Difficulty adjusting to a new environment
- Feelings of guilt
- Low energy
- Difficulty sleeping
- A desire to be alone
- Excessive worry
- Difficulty making decisions
- Feelings of depression
- Loss of appetite or overeating
- Reluctance to get going each day
- Coping with loss of employment
- Change in a child’s behavior
- Coping with injuries
Survivors are encouraged to call 866-451-7760 if they -- or their family members -- are experiencing signs of stress brought upon by the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.