Jimmie Jackson

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018

Hurricane Florence victims cope with trauma, help from the American Red Cross

PHOENIX – Aside from physical destruction, hurricanes can bring psychological and emotional damage to victims.

Lillian Ortiz was in Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria struck just one year ago. She says, “This is what was traumatic to me, leaving and knowing the conditions, wondering if I couldn’t survive a night, wondering how are they going to survive this.”

Volunteers from the American Red Cross’ Disaster Mental Health team have been in North Carolina, helping the survivors of Hurricane Florence cope. The team understands the mental stress that a natural disaster can leave on its victims. Shannon Durham, a Red Cross Regional Mental Health Advisor says, “The truth is, they may get to a new normal, things may never be the same as what they were. They may not be able to live in the same home.”

The American Red Cross’ Disaster Mental Health team will be in the areas impacted by Florence for months if necessary.

If you want to help those affected by Hurricane Florence, you can visit the American Red Cross website for more information.

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