FINDLAY, Ohio -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved $119,000 in immediate crisis counseling funds for the three counties most severely impacted by the recent floods: Crawford, Hancock and Putnam.
"Losing a home, business, or personal property to disaster takes a financial toll, but the emotional consequences can be just as severe," Ohio Governor Ted Strickland said. "These crisis counseling funds can help us move quickly to offer assistance to those who need it most."
The Crisis Counseling-Immediate Services Program helps state or local agencies respond to immediate mental health needs with screening, diagnostic techniques and counseling. It also supports outreach services such as public information and community networking.
People affected by a disaster can be confused and seriously stressed by the sudden adversity in their world. Crisis counseling helps them recognize normal stress reactions and regain control over themselves and their environment.
"Stress can show up in many unexpected ways when a disaster strikes," said Federal Coordinating Officer Jesse Munoz of FEMA. "One of the best ways to combat stress is to speak openly and candidly to a sympathetic listener."
The three agencies receiving the counseling grants are:
Crawford-Marion Board of Alcohol, Drug Addition & Mental Health Services
Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Hancock County
Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Board of Putnam County
Any person affected by the disaster can contact their local behavioral health board for more information and services. More information about coping with disaster is also available on the Ohio Department of Mental Health website at www.mh.state.oh.us.
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.