BATON ROUGE, La. — Survivors of the February tornadoes that struck Livingston and Orleans parishes can receive free disaster crisis counseling. Following traumatic events such as tornadoes and floods, Louisiana Spirit crisis counselors provide an ear for listening, a shoulder to lean on and guidance for establishing normalcy.
Counselors with Louisiana Spirit, a program administered by the state and funded by a FEMA grant, are at the disaster recovery center in New Orleans East. Survivors who wish to speak with the counselors may visit the disaster recovery center or call 866-310-7977. The DRC address in Orleans Parish is:
East New Orleans Public Library
5642 Read Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70127
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday;
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.
Louisiana Spirit crisis counselors also go door-to-door in disaster-affected areas. In Louisiana, the program is working side-by-side with the Metropolitan Human Services District in New Orleans, the American Red Cross and other organizations. For more information, visit dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/page/201.