FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CRISIS COUNSELING AVAILABLE TO FLOOD VICTIMS
WISE, VA. – Crisis counseling is now available to assist victims of the recent flooding in Buchanan and Tazewell counties. Those needing assistance should call the Cumberland Mountain Community Services at (276) 964-6703.
“Even if you are proud of your ability to deal with disaster, returning to the home where you’ve lived for a large part of your life and finding it ruined can be devastating,” said Michael Cline, state coordinating officer. “Under these circumstances there is no shame in seeking help, and we encourage people to do so.”
Crisis counseling is provided under a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant administered through the Virginia Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.
“Acknowledging the stress you’ve been through in this disaster is a first step toward dealing with it,” says Louis Botta, FEMA federal coordinating officer. “Talking to a counselor can help you take stock of your situation.”
Experts note that each individual responds differently to a major disaster. Some take it in stride. Others are deeply bothered by the disruption to their normal lives. Stress can make a crisis worse to the point where you may not be able to do what’s necessary to get through it.
Watch for signs of stress. Often other people will notice problems before you do. Listen to them. Listen to what family members are saying and talk over the disaster with them.
Feeling stressed during this time is normal. Seek professional help if you cannot shake your feelings of despair or other signs of stress. These signs might include short temper, frequent arguments, greater consumption of alcohol, smoking more than usual, getting upset over minor irritations, difficulty sleeping, loss of concentration and depression.
Be ready. Be willing to help.
Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971