The impact of recent storms will affect our area for some time. Many area residents are still cleaning up and repairing damage. Oklahomans are often victims of severe weather that creates damage, injury and emotional trauma. It’s important to process your emotions and create a plan to move forward when these events occur.
Counseling & Recovery Services of Oklahoma’s Sand Springs Program Director Allie Davis says the living through the storm and subsequent cleanup will affect people in many different ways. Symptoms of distress may appear before, during, and after a severe storm and may manifest in the hours, days, weeks, months, or even years after they occur.
Where Can I Get Help?
Our team at Counseling & Recovery Services in Sand Springs, 401 E. Broadway, Suite E, is trained in psychological first aid and disaster recovery. Support is available at Peers Place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 918.245.5565 for more details.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) also offers excellent resources for individuals, families and communities.
SAMHSA offers 24/7 counseling and support at 1.800.985.5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
A number of organizations offer disaster assistance in removing trees and emergency repairs. Here is one resource. http://www.okdisasterhelp.org/
Follow this link to learn more about emotional distress following disasters: