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Dear Valued IARTC Members from the Great State of Florida and the Eastern Seaboard,

We stand with you as you continue to experience the impact of the recent hurricanes.  We stand with you and you are in our thoughts during this unfathomable disaster. As a Division that is still in its infancy (we just celebrated our 6th month anniversary) we lack the infrastructure to respond in the extent we would like. What we can do is to point you to resources that may be supportive now and in the coming days, weeks, and months.  This list is not exhaustive, but with your input it will continue to grow and be refined.  Please share your thoughts, ideas, and resources with us at and I will post them in the Traumatology Interest Network forum on ACA Connect and on the IARTC website.  We ultimately want to address this disaster in all phases including mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. See: 


Visit or call 1-800-621-3362 or TTY 1-200-462-7585 
CDC Disaster Resources:
CDC Prepare Go Kits for Families and Pets:
NOAA National Hurricane Preparedness: Hurricane Preparedness: Hurricane Resources including Mold Abatement: Behavioral Disaster Resources:
CDC Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event:
CDC Emergency Responders—Take Care of Yourselves:
CDC Disaster Materials in Various Languages including ASL:

Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 for support and counseling. The Disaster Distress Helpline is a national hotline that provides 24/7, year-round crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.

988 Mental Health Hotline

SAMHSA DTAC helps states, U.S. territories, tribes, and local entities deliver an effective mental health and substance use-related response to disasters. Learn more. For disaster technical assistance inquiries, contact SAMHSA DTAC: 800–308–3515 or

Additional Resources Shared by Our Amazing Members! Thank you, Alexis!

Special Needs and Pet-Friendly Shelters in Pinellas and Hillsborough County (the West Coast):

Looking for special needs, pet-friendly shelters in West Florida ahead of Hurricane Ian?

To register online for a special-needs shelter in Hillsborough, visit

Register for Special Needs Disaster Assistance

Official Website of Hillsborough County, Florida Government

Pinellas County, Florida - Emergency Management - Pet Preparedness


Miami Dade County Pet-Friendly Evacuation Centers (Miami Dade County)

Animal Services operates pet-friendly shelters during emergencies. Pre-registration is not required to use the evacuation center. Evacuation centers will be announced as needed. 

Upon arrival at the center, pets will be examined by a licensed veterinarian to determine if the pet presents a safety risk. Any pet deemed a risk will not be allowed to enter the evacuation center.
Pet Adoption and Protection Center
3599 NW 79 Avenue, Doral, FL 33122

Phone: 311 or 305-468-5900

Shelter hours: 
Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Adoption Mall Hours:
Monday - Friday noon - 6:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Two Additional Pet Friendly Shelters in Miami-Dade:

    E. Darwin Fuchs Pavilion
    10901 S.W. 24 Street, Miami, FL 33199
    Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High
    1410 NE 215 Street (County Line Road), Miami, FL 33179

Big thanks to Joanne Steen!

Here is another resource for family and friends who have not heard from loved ones who were in harm's way in Florida and are requesting emergency assistance from search and rescue teams:

Big thanks to Vanessa Vanderlaan!

This is where we are directed per the Lee county sheriffs office


While many more resources exist to support you, your friends, families, communities, students, and clients, we want to disseminate this resource list as quickly as possible. Please let us know of additional resources as well as your specific needs. We stand with you.

On behalf of the IARTC Board,


Peggy Mayfield, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC, CCMHC, CCTP, CFTP, DCMHS
President & Co-Founder, International Association for Resilience and Trauma Counseling
Member, American Counseling Association International Committee
ACA Traumatology Interest Network Leadership Team
United Nations NGO Committee on Mental Health
Prevent Child Abuse Illinois Board Development Chair
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