Counseling Available for Storm Victims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has earmarked $265,735 to counsel victims of this year's El Nino-generated storms.

"The emotional toll a disaster exacts can be devastating," Federal Coordinating Officer Dorothy M. Lacey said in a written statement. "A victim's emotional recovery needs to be addressed."

As a result of the grant, funneled through the state Department of Mental Health, flood victims who live in Ventura County--along with 40 other counties statewide--will be able to receive crisis counseling through at least April 10.

Residents who suffered losses or damage may register for crisis counseling by calling (800) 462-9029 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. seven days a week.

Speech- and hearing-impaired residents may call TTY (800) 462-7585.

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