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Why I Chose to Survive and Not Sink – Post Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane, National Disaster, Storms, Flood, Houston, Emotions. Mental HealthThe emotional devastation of the recent flood is finally taking a toll on many of those affected by Hurricane Harvey, myself included. If you missed my latest Finance Friday post, check it out here. I shared a glimpse of my story and provided financial tips for those facing the aftermath of the storm.

Hurricane, National Disaster, Storms, Flood, Houston, Emotions. Mental HealthHurricane, National Disaster, Storms, Flood, Houston, Emotions. Mental HealthHurricane, National Disaster, Storms, Flood, Houston, Emotions. Mental HealthOver the weekend, my assigned insurance adjuster came out to assess damages and found more items to be repaired at home. I’ll be completely honest, his report left me a bit frantic. I know this flood was rare and a once in a 1000 year occurrence but I started to get worked up and wonder what could I have done to prevent this madness. In that very moment, I could have sunk into a deep depression and not moved at all but I don’t have time to be down.

Instead, I said a quick prayer, “God, please fix it,” and picked up the phone to ask for help. Before I could dial anyone’s number I had several text messages with contact information for knowledgeable contractors willing to help while waiting for my claim to be approved. Thank God for friends and family!

The mental distress that occurs after a natural disaster is unexplainable. Driving through flooded neighborhoods was enough for me. I can’t wrap my mind around the possibility of rescuing my family from flooding waters, awaiting help on top of a roof, or witnessing someone drown. That’s traumatizing. If you or someone you know is struggling to cope with the emotional stress from Hurricane Harvey there are counseling resources available. Consider joining this support group on Facebook or contact SAMHSA for free counseling sessions.

Hurricane, National Disaster, Storms, Flood, Houston, Emotions. Mental HealthTexans, we have a long road to recovery but with God and patience, we will survive.  How are you holding up after the storm? Hang in there and remember you’re a survivor!

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1 Response
  • Doris Davis
    September 3, 2017

    In the journey of life, there will be unplanned, unwanted circumstances, but God. He is our strength and an ever present help.

    Your current conditions are repairable. You are truly blessed.

    Thanks for sharing.