Three ways to stay connected with a partner during a disaster.
“The Great Flood of 2016.” Since August 12, 2016, Louisiana has been in a dire state of emergency. It all started with two days of non-stop rain which officials say caused the cresting of several rivers. More than 40, 000 homes have been flooded, over 30,000 people have been rescued, and over 10,000 are located in shelters across the state. These numbers are expected to increase as the flooding is continuing in other parts of Louisiana. Some are saying this is worse than Hurricane Katrina, which devastated lives in August 2005.
During this time of disaster, emotions are high, tempers are flaring, and the uncertainty of what’s to come can put a strain on relationships. Read on to find tips for staying connected with your partner during this time, and other times of disaster.
How to stay connected with your partner during a time like this:
Louisiana Spirit Counselors– 1-866-310-7977
SAMHSA Disaster Distress National Helpline– 1-800-985-5990 or text the message “talkwithus” to 66746.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline– 1-800-273-TALK
Also, if you need disaster assistance, please register with FEMA at:
www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362
And for disaster food stamp assistance pre-register for DSNAP at:
Shamyra Howard, LCSW
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