Counseling services are being made available in disaster-affected counties, thanks to a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The more than $400,000 is being used to provide phone-based and in-person counseling in nine Nebraska counties: Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Nemaha, Sarpy, Saunders and Washington. State officials hope to get enough more money to underwrite counseling for those in 12 additional counties and the Santee Sioux Nation.
Counselors have started going door to door in the nine counties. They also can schedule several home visits, if needed, before referring people to longer-term treatment.
The counselors work in pairs. Each carries a badge from the Regional Behavioral Health Authorities.
Residents of the nine counties also may call the Rural Response Hotline at 1-800-464-0258. They will receive tips and referrals to local treatment centers, support groups and community-based organizations.
Salvation Army offers counseling services, meals
The Salvation Army Council Bluffs Corps will offer emotional and spiritual counseling to flood victims living in mobile housing at Waubonsie State Park near Sidney, Iowa.
The counseling will be available on Wednesday evenings starting May 8.
In addition, the Salvation Army has begun providing meals in Pacific Junction, Iowa. It also maintains a food operation in Hamburg.
The Hamburg food operation will operate daily, and the Pacific Junction operation will be available on weekends.