SUNRISE – As Hurricane Irma heads toward Florida, residents are preparing for its impact. Because anxiety is running high for many in the path of this very strong storm, Sunshine Health, Envolve PeopleCare and LifeShare have joined forces to offer a 24-hour toll-free crisis hotline for anyone affected by Hurricane Irma, now and after it makes landfall in the United States.

Anyone wishing to connect to a licensed counseling professional may call 1-877-941-8079.

The line is staffed by healthcare professionals who can offer one-on-one counseling, as well as referrals to additional local resources.

This is a free service for the community, and Spanish speaking counselors are available.