FEMA Crisis Counseling Program Free to Storm Victims

FEMA has announced that a Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) is being provided free to individuals and families who need assistance in coping with the aftereffects of the April 16th tornado. Crisis Counseling is available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. by calling 866-451-7760.

A natural or man-made disaster can cause much more than property damage. It can create a wide range of emotional, physical, cognitive and behavioral reactions. Individuals may experience stress, anxiety, fear, uncertainty and frustration because you have been through an abnormal event. Everybody who witnesses a disaster is affected by it in some way. This is a normal reaction to an abnormal event. Confidential crisis counseling is available to help people:

· Understand their situations and reactions,

· Regain a sense of mastery and control,

· Identify, label, and express emotions,

· Adjust to the disaster and losses,

· Manage stress,

· Make decisions and take action,

· Develop coping strategies, and

· Use community resources

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