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.

Kentucky Behavioral Health Regional Contacts

Region Number Kentucky Community Mental Health Centers Crisis Hotline Numbers
Region 1 Four Rivers Behavioral Health 800-592-3980
Region 2 Pennyroyal MH/MR Board 877-473-7766
Region 3 River Valley Behavioral Health 800-433-7291
Region 4 Lifeskills, Inc. 800-223-8913
Region 5 Communicare, Inc. 800-641-4673
Region 6 Seven Counties Services, Inc. 800-221-0446
Region 7 NorthKey Community Care 877-331-3292
Region 8 Comprehend, Inc. 877-852-1523
Region 9 & 10 Pathways, Inc. 800-562-8909
Region 11 Mountain Comp. Care 800-422-1060
Region 12 Kentucky River Comp. Care 800-262-7491
Region 13 Cumberland River Comp. Care 888-435-7761
Region 14 The Adanta Group 800-633-5599
Region 15 Bluegrass Regional MH/MR Board, Inc. 800-928-8000

Senior Care

Planning Your Doctor Visit Website
Search by Insurance for Geriatric Care Website
Medicare.gov: Forms, Help & Resources Website
Medicare Part D Coverage Website
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid: Regulations and Guidance Website
Senior Care Resource Guide Website
Senior Health Website
Guide to Addiction Prevention for Seniors Website
Staying Healthy as a Senior Website
Resources for Ensuring a Long, Happy and Healthy Life Website
Staying Healthy Over 50 Website
Benefits of Swimming for Seniors Website

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