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.

Johnson County Resources

Big Sandy Child Advocacy Center: 437-7447 or 1-866-437- 7447
Cabinet for Families and Children Department for Protection and Permanency: 788-7100
Centralized Toll Free Reporting #: 788-7132 or 1-877-597- 3331
Sandy Valley Spouse Abuse Shelter: 886-6025 or 1-800-649- 6605
Health Department: 789-2590
Mountain Comprehensive Care Center: 789-3518
COMMUNITY RESOURCES (Food, clothing, etc.):
Cabinet for Families and Children Child Support Enforcement: 1-888-350-6810
Carl D. Perkins Rehabilitation Center: 788-7080
Christian Appalachian Project: 789-9791
Prescription Assistance: 789-9791
Operation Sharing: 789-3148
Community Action Program: 789-6341
Department for Community Based Services Family Support: 789-5307
Employment Services: 789-6692
Eye Visions (Assistance with Glasses): 1-800-766-4466
Goodwill Industries: 788-1100
Hospice of the Big Sandy: 789-3841
Johnson County Extension Service: 789-8108
Kentucky Eye Visions (Assistance with glasses): 1-800-344-4836
Salvation Army: 789-1291
Partnership for Prescription Assistance Kentucky: 1-888-477-2669 or Website: www.pparxky.org
Paul B. Hall: 789-3511
Housing Authority: 789-1782
Sixth Street Housing: 789-9442
Perry Vanhoose: 297-1400
Thelma: 789-5212
Appalachian Research & Defense Fund of KY 1-800-678-8525 or 886- 3876
City Police: 789-4221 or 789-5200
Commonwealth Attorney: 788-7085
County Attorney: 789-2571
Court Designated Worker: 297-9578
Department of Juvenile Justice: 889-1723
Johnson County Court Clerk: 789-2557
Johnson County Family Court: 789-6701
Johnson County Sheriff: 789-3411
Jail: 297-5245
KY State Police: 1-800-222-5555 or 433- 7711
Legal Services: 886-3876, 432-4253 or 1-800-750-2181
Probation and Parole Office: 788-7055
Johnson County Public Library: 789-4355
Alcoholics Anonymous: 1-800-467-8019
Mountain Comprehensive Care Center: 789-3518
Narcotics Anonymous: 1-888-987-7700
Johnson County Public Schools:
Board of Education: 789-2530
Central Elementary School: 789-2541
Flat Gap Elementary School: 265-3110
Highland Elementary School: 297-3674
Johnson Central High School: 789-2500
Johnson County Alternative School: 789-2077
Johnson County Middle School: 789-4133
Meade Memorial Elementary School: 789-5050
Paintsville Elementary School: 789-2651
Paintsville High School: 789-2656 ext. 2384
Porter Elementary School: 789-2545
W.R. Castle Memorial Elementary School: 297-3738
Sandy Valley Transportation: 1-800-444-7433

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