CDC Emergency Partners - Hurricane Effects Can Last

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Emergency Partners Newsletter


December 27, 2017 


The information below can help those faced with recovering in the aftermath of hurricanes.

Last Hurricanes 2017 Special Edition

This issue of the Emergency Partners newsletter will be the last special edition about the 2017 hurricanes. We hope you have found these newsletters helpful. CDC’s Emergency Partners Information Connection (EPIC) team will continue to provide public health information through its monthly newsletters and alerts. Please feel free to share all updates widely with your networks and let us know what you think; email us at


Updated Key Messages

Cover of key message document from December 22, 2017

Use these key messages, available in English and Spanish, to share important safety information with your readers, as well as your friends and family. Feel free to copy and paste the information, links, and images into your newsletters, emails, and social media posts.

These key messages were updated December 22, 2017. Updates are in bold blue font.

This week's key messages include new messages about cleaning and disinfecting water storage containers.

    Mental Health Concerns Can Linger

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    Symptoms of psychological distress such as anger, sadness, stress, or worry can last long after a hurricane or other storm has passed. Holidays can also be a challenging time, especially for people who have suffered loss. There are things you can do to help care for your emotional health during and after periods of extreme stress.

    • Stay informed. When you feel that you are missing information, you may become more stressed or anxious. Watch, listen to, or read the news for updates from officials. Be aware that there may be rumors during a crisis. Turn to reliable sources of information
    • Take care of your body. Eat healthy well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Learn more about wellness strategies for mental health.
    • Take breaks. Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. It can be upsetting to hear about the crisis and see images repeatedly. Try to do some other activities you enjoy to return to your normal life and check for updates between breaks.
    • Connect with others. Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member. Maintain healthy relationships and build a strong support system.
    • Seek help when needed. If distress is impacting activities of your daily life for several days or weeks, talk to a clergy member, counselor, or doctor or contact the SAMHSA helpline at 1-800- 985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. Spanish speakers can also call 1-800-985-5990 or text Hablanos to 66746.

    Mold Can Be a Hidden Problem

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