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Emotional and Mental Health Recovery After Hurricane Ian | Property Insurance Protection Law Blog



This post will be one of several on an often overlooked aspect of hurricane disasters – the emotional and mental health of everyone involved in the hurricane. I strongly encourage readers to visit this important topic in, The emotional toll of hurricaneswhere I remarked:

It is difficult to predict the path of a hurricane. It is not that difficult to predict the physical and emotional damage these monsters cause. While this blog and what our law firm does is primarily about financial recovery, it is important for everyone to understand that emotional recovery is just as important.

Doug Quinn of the American Policyholders Association (APA) has spoken and corresponded with me on this subject. He stated:

Disaster Trauma is something we see in every disaster. It affects every population we work with affected by the disaster. It is the psychological crisis that no one talks about.

We are all busy with the practicalities of recovery: cleaning up, fighting insurance companies for a fair claim, rebuilding our homes. But, no one talks about the hidden mental crisis that quietly destroys families behind the scenes. It̵

7;s very isolating: victims suffer in silos and because it’s not discussed openly, people think they’re the only ones experiencing these problems.

Of the 125 deaths from Hurricane Ian, 3 are suicides … and it’s still early days. Wait until the victims have weakened for years through the slow dysfunctional recovery. Many survivors of Hurricane Ian will lose hope and there will be more deaths.

Doug Quinn shared many academic papers with me and made many comments that I will share later. He was a victim of catastrophic insurance and has a lot of empathy for those who suffer.

One paper he shared was an excellent article written by public adjuster Sarah Parker: Are you okay? The silent burden of property insurance claims. She warns:

Insurance professionals come face to face with many types of property losses, every day. But many do not realize that they are also vulnerable to emotional losses, vicarious.

Take a few minutes and read Sarah Parker’s article.

Today’s thought

Read Sarah Parker’s article.


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