LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Rebuilding your home and life is emotionally taxing to families after a disaster, but help is available for Kentuckians affected by the July severe storms, flooding and mudslides.
A Federal Emergency Management Agency grant is supporting crisis counseling services.
"Project Recovery" is managed by the Kentucky Community Crisis Response Board. Counselors are available to talk with residents and refer them to appropriate agencies. Callers can speak directly with a crisis counselor by calling the following numbers:
Carter and Rowan counties: 24 hours toll-free: 800-562-8909
Lewis and Mason counties: 606-796-3021, after hours: 877-852-1523
Madison County: 800-928-8000
Pike County: 24 hours toll-free 800-422-1060
Kentucky Community Crisis Response Board: 888-522-7228
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255), Veterans press 1
"Property damage from the storms and flooding is obvious, but disasters leave behind less visible issues," John W. Heltzel, Kentucky Division of Emergency Management director said. "We want those in need to be aware there is help available for coping with the loss and the stress of this disaster."
Stress can manifest itself in many ways and may last for days, weeks or even months. The disaster recovery process can be unsettling and quite often symptoms of stress get worse as exhaustion sets in. There are signs.
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.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.