AmeriCorps Members Deploy to Assist in Colorado Flooding

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By: 
Kelly DeGraff
Jamestown, Colo., Sep. 15, 2013 -- The small mountain town of 300 has been cut off because of Boulder County flood. FEMA Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) teams deployed to the state to help in Search and Rescue operations.By nightfall, more than 150 AmeriCorps members will be in Colorado to assist in the response to flash flooding. This number includes 12 teams of the FEMA Corps unit of AmeriCorps NCCC, 20 AmeriCorps members serving through the American Red Cross, and another 25 AmeriCorps members from local programs. 
 
FEMA Corps members will register residents in need of assistance while the other AmeriCorps members are supporting shelter operations. 
 
300 more AmeriCorps members on standby.
 
If there is a need or request for AmeriCorps members, please contact the CNCS Disaster Services Unit.
 
FEMA is asking citizens to tune into their local news and to follow any instructions issued by authorities. More information can be found by following @FEMA on Twitter or at FEMA's Social Hub. To follow or participate in the conversation on Twitter, use the hastags #coflood or #boulderflood.
 
If you are searching for a loved one or want to let others know you are safe, please visit American Red Cross Safe and Well page to register or search.
 
If you are interested in volunteering or would like to donate to the recovery, the Colorado Office of Emergency Management is directing these inquiries to www.HelpColoradoNow.org.
 
Anxiety, constant worrying, trouble sleeping, and other depression-like symptoms are common responses before, during, or after disasters and traumatic events, such as the current flooding in Colorado. The Disaster Distress Helpline is a toll-free, confidential, multilingual, crisis support service available 24/7/365 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746) to residents in the U.S. and its territories experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Helpline staff provide support and counseling, including information on common stress reactions and healthy coping, as well as referrals to local disaster-related resources for follow-up care and support.
 

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