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Crisis counselors train to help flood victims

Posted: 5:19 PM, May 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-10 23:49:21Z
CRISIS COUNSELORS FOR FLOOD VICTIMS NEMA DHHS

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) -- — Another avenue of support for people devastated by March's floods.

Crisis counselors went through training in Omaha on Friday, so they can go door-to-door in all counties in the area. It's part of a $400,000 grant awarded to the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.

They can help with mental health, substance issues, or they can be good listeners. One thing they're learning is how to approach people in each individual community because some may still be reeling.

"We're not out there to fix anything, we're there to support and to help communities and individuals get through this. It's a long road to recovery but there is hope," said Denise Bulling, Senior Research Director at Univ. of Nebraska Public Policy Center.

They'll be going door to door for about 60 days wearing “Nebraska Strong” vests and shirts, and can offer long-term help as well.