Managing the Aftermath of a Hurricane: Resources Make a Difference

Texas National Guard soldiers arrive in Houston, Texas to aid citizens in heavily flooded areas from the storms of Hurricane Harvey
U.S. Army National Guard photo by Lt. Zachary West
By Holly N. O’Reilly, Ph.D.
August 31, 2017
(Updated: September 11, 2017)

In the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, service members and their families living near the Gulf of Mexico have been impacted and may be displaced from their homes. Access to emergency response resources can make a critical difference for those impacted by the hurricane and providers should encourage service members, veterans and military families to leverage all available resources.

General Hurricane Assistance and Information

Military-specific Information and Resources

  • Tricare
    • Information regarding emergency prescription refills and the process for getting a referral requirement waived

Air Force Resources

Army Resources

Navy / Marine Corps Resources

Coast Guard Resources

Veteran-specific Resources

For updates for the following VA facilities visit their websites:

Child-focused Resources

Information for Psychological Health Providers

Following a natural disaster of this magnitude, it is common (and normal) to experience a whirlwind of emotions. People may report feeling emotionally overwhelmed, shocked, helpless or “numb.” Others will report that they are easily distracted, very fatigued or experience intrusive or repeated images of what they have seen. These responses are to be expected and for many, the symptoms will fade with time. If symptoms do not fade within several weeks or begin to contribute to unhealthy coping responses, professional help may be needed.

For now, providers should focus on immediate assistance, which may take the form of psychological first aid. Consult these resources for more information on post-disaster psychological health support:

Dr. Holly N. O’Reilly is a contracted clinical psychologist and evidence-based practice subject matter expert at the Deployment Health Clinical Center. Her specialties include the consequences of traumatic exposure as well as gender studies.

 


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


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