Show Me Hope Crisis Counselors will deliver mental health resources in a Neosho neighborhood Wednesday, March 4, 2020. This is Severe Weather Awareness Week, and area families need to be prepared both emotionally and with supplies.

An extension of the Ozark Center’s Show Me Hope grant provides funding for counselors to go door to door, visiting those who have previously been impacted by severe weather and sharing coping skills. Disasters like flooding and tornadoes not only impact you financially and physically but also emotionally.

“It can impact you emotionally because it’s a lot of stress to find emergency housing and then get things restored in the home and try to replace the items that you lost,” says Debbie Fitzgerald, Ozark Center Director of Crisis Services.

Many in Neosho were affected by flooding and flash flooding, which is the focus on Wednesday during the Severe Weather Awareness Week campaign.

A statewide tornado drill initiated by the National Weather Service will take place at 10:00 am on Tuesday, March 3. The NWS will send a Tornado Warning out on NOAA Weather Radio as well as our normal wire services. In addition to the drill, the NWS will highlight preparedness on the following days:

Monday – Preparedness Day

Tuesday – Tornado Safety Day

Wednesday – Flash Flood Safety Day

Thursday – Severe Thunderstorm Day

Friday – NOAA Weather Radio Day

For additional background on these topics and more, see weather.gov/sgf/SevereWxPrepWeek.