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.
Hundreds observe one-year anniversary of March 2 tornados. It was time for remembrance. But also a time for celebration.
You can help children cope with the anxiety that violence, death and disasters can cause. Help Youth Cope with Fear and Anxiety.
Learn about common signs of a stress reaction. Normal Reactions to an Abnormal Event.
Trauma knows no bounds. School communities are confronted with putting the pieces back together following sudden tragic event.

The Project Recovery RSP 4057 grant project will end on May 12, 2013. Project Recovery Teams have provided services in Johnson, Magoffin, Martin and Morgan counties since the tornado's that occurred in March, 2012. Outreach workers have diligently sought out families, students and community members who were impacted by the devastating tornado damage and provided crisis counseling and referral services as needed. As our program now comes to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to say "Thank You" for your continued support.


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.

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The mission of Project Recovery Kentucky, 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.

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Kentucky Community Crisis Response Team
Phone: 1-888-522-7228

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline
Phone: 1-800-985-5990
Text: "TalkWithUs" to 66746



The Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program 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.