Texarkana, TX, February 19, 2001 -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a grant to the state of Texas for crisis counseling services for residents experiencing stress associated with the severe winter ice storms that took place between Dec. 12 and Jan. 15. The services are available in Bowie, Cass, Fannin, Lamar, Red River, and Titus counties. The grant is part of the array of assistance available to individuals after the presidential disaster declaration on Jan. 8.
Common reactions to a disaster may include: nightmares, difficulty sleeping, feelings of being overwhelmed, fear of the weather, anxiety about the future, difficulty making decisions, hopelessness, disappointment with outside help, headaches, increased anger or aggression, domestic violence, frustration, and feelings of powerlessness. These feelings can be exhibited by people of all ages, including children.
Assistance begins by calling the Northeast Texas center at 903--831--7585 and asking for the Ice Storm Recovery Project. Callers will be routed to staff designated to work with area residents.
The grant may provide community stress management seminars, outreach to communities, individual crisis counseling services and group crisis counseling services, supportive listening services, information and education, as well as referrals to other agencies or programs.