Preparing for a Hurricane- Mental Health Edition

21 Jan
Natural Disaster Counseling Wilmington NC

Preparing for a Hurricane- Mental Health Edition


Lets talk hurricane planning we have Hurricane Florence coming into Wilmington and of course that’s all anyone is talking about.  But I wanted to jump on here and talk to you guys about preparing for a hurricane if you are dealing with some mental health issues.

  • Make sure you refill your psych medications.

The last thing you want to deal with during flood, downed trees or electricity being out is being out of your psych meds. You definitely don’t want to experience any withdrawal from that.  So go ahead and get a refill today.  Call it into your pharmacy, whatever you need to do to make sure you have enough to get you through.

  • Limit the amount of TV watching or Facebook scrolling you do about the storm.

The more information you get it’s sometimes not very helpful.  We know that there are updates every couple of hours. Try not to flood yourself with looking at updates every couple of minutes.  It’s not going to be helpful.  Definitely check in, stay aware, stay updated.  Go ahead and prepare for all the things you need to do but limit the amount of information that you’re getting about the storm.  You don’t need it 24/7.

  • Have a buddy during the hurricane.

For some folks, it can harm their depression because it intensifies their isolation.  When you’re not having any support, if you’re home alone, or away from friends and family, it can be difficult to deal with the isolation of not having electricity.  Or not being able to take care of yourself on your own.  Definitely use a buddy system- find a friend, a family member.  Not having any one around during flooding, no electricity, and depression can be difficult.

I hope that’s helpful guys.  Stay safe and make sure to take care of you and your loved ones.  I’ll be thinking about you guys!


This recording was made prior to Hurricane Florence coming through Wilmington and causing devastation.  If you are still struggling with the psychological aftermath of Hurricane Florence, give us a call.  Florence was a major disaster and can cause a traumatic response– which often includes increased frustration, difficulty thinking clearly, anxiety, and exhaustion.  It doesn’t have to be that way.  We can help- get started now.