SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has given a $47,500 grant to the South Dakota Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health to provide immediate mental health services for victims of recent floods and tornados in Brown and Spink counties.
The Immediate Services Program (ISP) is intended to enable the State or local agency to respond to mental health needs with screening, diagnostic, and counseling techniques, as well as outreach services such as public information and community networking.
"Losing a home, business, or personal property to disaster takes a financial toll," said Justin Dombrowski, Federal Coordinating Officer. "But the emotional toll brought on by a disaster can be devastating, too. A victim's emotional recovery also needs to be addressed."
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.
Residents of Brown and Spink counties who have been adversely affected by the recent storms and floods are urged to call 1-888-447-2945. This special helpline is open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and will also make referrals for residents outside of Brown and Spink counties.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.