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Free Counseling Available for Flood Survivors in Umatilla County Oregon

Release date: 
June 30, 2020
Release Number: 
DR-4519-OR NR 007

Salem, Oregon – Residents of Umatilla County and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation affected by the severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides during February 5-9, 2020, are eligible to receive crisis counseling.

Community-based outreach and educational services can assist in recovering from the psychological effects of disasters. Crisis counseling is not always needed for natural disasters but has value in this instance.

“We’re in a small rural community, and a big number of people were affected by the floods,” said Sierra Quaempts, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center.

Crisis counseling as well as other services for survivors of the February floods are offered by Umatilla County Human Services and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Umatilla County Human Services offers crisis counseling and other services for survivors of the February floods. This includes recognizing common reactions to disasters, building coping skills for recovery and managing disaster-related stress. The services are free and confidential, and can take place at your home, school, workplace, church or other location. For more information or to make an appointment, call 541-969-4857.

Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center is providing disaster relief and crisis counseling navigation for those impacted by the February flooding that took place on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Sierra Quaempts and JShon Thompson can provide supportive listening and help you connect with available resources. Contact them by calling 541-240-8670.


Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362) 711/VRS - Video Relay Service). Multilingual operators are available. (Press 2 for Spanish). TTY call 800-462-7585.

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Last Updated: 
June 30, 2020 - 17:19