More support for Tennessee tornados
The Birmingham Area Chapter has been asked to provide some additional support to the disaster operation in western Tennessee. We're in the process now of nailing down depature information for a Disaster Mental Health Counselor.
More details, and possible interview/video opportunities to be announced as we confirm.
Audio with Ike Pigott, Public Affairs Officer --
Talking about the need for disaster mental health counselors:
"The Birmingham Area Chapter has been asked to send some additional support up to western Tennessee -- specifically they are looking for some additional help in what we call Disaster Mental Health. We've got a team of licensed, professional counselors who give some of their time back to the community and affected communities -- helping people cope with the damage and the things that they see. In a lot of cases, the only real barrier some people have to recovering is the emotional toll and impact that a storm like this can cause.
So having some licensed counselors through Red Cross who are able to talk through these folks, and see exactly where they stand and what they might need -- that makes a huge difference in recovery.