The Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have approved a $419,394 grant for the State of Colorado to provide crisis counseling services to individuals impacted by the May 22 tornadoes and severe storms in Weld and Larimer counties.
The grant will fund the Crisis Counseling Regular Services Program, which will provide coping and stress reduction education materials, community outreach, crisis counseling, and information and referral for individuals and families affected by the May 22 disaster. Colorado Spirit is the name of the outreach and crisis counseling team that has been deployed in the community since June through the Crisis Counseling Immediate Services Program and will continue as the Crisis Counseling Regular Services Program. The Crisis Counseling Regular Services Program started on Nov. 1 and will continue until Aug. 1, 2009.
"I encourage citizens still needing help to take advantage of these services," said FEMA Region VIII Regional Administrator Garry Briese. "Disaster recovery can be a difficult process but people aren't alone. There are a variety of services that can help citizens in Weld and Larimer counties on their road to recovery."
Weld and Larimer County residents interested in accessing these services may contact the following phone numbers for Colorado Spirit:
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: (970) 347-2358
Non-business hours: (970) 347-2120
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 terrorism.