Effects of Disasters
The emotional effects from loss or damage to homes, loss of family pets, and displacement from neighbors, friends, and support systems can cause unusual stress as people begin to rebuild their lives. Just as it can take months to rebuild damaged buildings, it takes time to grieve losses and rebuild lives.
Effects on Children
Children are especially vulnerable both during and after a disaster. Younger children may become clingy with parents, scared to sleep alone or show aggressive behaviors at home or school. Older youths may have delinquent behaviors, defiance, social withdrawal or decline in school performance. Children, as well as adults, need to express themselves. It is important to encourage all survivors to talk about their experience.
West Liberty Tornado Anniversary
The ceremony featured the launch of 51 heat-propelled remembrance lanterns into darkening, snowy skies. The first seven were white, representing the seven miles another tornado that struck Morgan County two days before the March 2 disaster traveled. The next 37 were blue, representing the 37 miles the March 2 tornado traveled. And the final seven were white, representing the seven victims, six of whom died during the storm and one who perished four days later. Read More
Worry Stones
Keep a stone in your pocket or somewhere nearby. When you start to worry or have uncomfortable thoughts about an event, you can hold the stone in your hand. Rubbing the stone between the thumb and forefinger is relaxing and can take worries away. Many people all over the world believe that rubbing the stone can relieve physical or emotional pain, anxiety, and stress.
After A Disaster
When a stressful event such as a natural disaster occurs, it can result in emotional and/or physical distress. Stress levels can increase to the point that normal coping skills needed for dealing with daily life become inadequate. The emotional and financial strain following a disaster can be overwhelming.

About Project Recovery

The Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (commonly referred to as the Crisis Counseling Program or CCP) is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. Crisis counseling programs aim to meet the short-term mental health needs of affected communities through counseling program, outreach, public education, training, and referral. The crisis counseling program has provided brief mental health services to millions of disaster survivors since its inception and has become an important model for response to a variety of catastrophic events.

The CCP is a partnership between FEMA and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). CMHS provides states with consultation and assistance in implementing the program. The Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) provides technical assistance throughout the phases of disaster recovery.

Program Overview

The mission of the CCP is to assist individuals and communities in recovering from the effects of natural and human-caused disasters through the provision of community-based outreach and psycho-educational services. The CCP supports short-term interventions that involve the counseling goals of assisting disaster survivors in understanding their current situation and reactions, mitigating stress, assisting survivors in reviewing their disaster recovery options, promoting the use or development of coping strategies, providing emotional support, and encouraging linkages with other individuals and agencies who may help survivors in their recovery process (recovery to their pre-disaster level of functioning).

The goal of Project Recovery is to provide support and information as well as empower people to regain control of their lives. Crisis counseling helps disaster survivors recognize normal stress reactions.

Key Principles

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