When hurricane seasons hit, millions of Americans who live in the storm pathways begin to panic. These storms are unpredictable and can leave a devastating trail of ruin in their wake. While the news media’s coverage may end shortly after hurricanes touch down, it can take many years for the inhabitants of these areas to recover, emotionally and financially.

It’s only natural that emotional challenges would plague hurricane victims and their family members, because these people have suffered through a frightening calamity. Post-storm, there is an increase in mental illness, suicide, and behavioral issues. A common emotional challenge that many survivors of tropical cyclones end up with is called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, also known as PTSD. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that results in nightmares, insomnia, and flashbacks. Adults and children can be afflicted with PTSD as well as other emotional disturbances.

Hurricanes can flatten regional and individual economies in the blink of an eye. In fact, these storms topple financial wellbeing as quickly and severely as buildings and infrastructure. In addition to destruction of homes, commercial buildings, and property, residents find themselves with stacks of medical bills to pay. Wages are lost due to business closures and transportation issues, which can lead to money problems for all concerned. Families are displaced from their homes, lose their belongings, and it becomes a recipe for financial disaster. Even though corporations donate billions of dollars to help hurricane victims, it’s not enough to resolve the problems.

Why aren’t the billions of dollars donated to help hurricane victims enough to repair the damage? Not only does the help begin to dry up long before the area has healed from the devastation, but the money and supplies that were given often get lost due to mismanagement. Luckily, nonprofits are creating systems to remedy this lack of organization. For more information on the specific numbers and facts related to hurricanes and disaster recovery, plus to find out how you can help, check out this infographic.

Hurting From Hurricanes