Project Liberty 911 Disaster Relief Program

Federal Emergency Management Services (FEMA) – 9/11 Disaster Relief Field Evaluation Project

POSITION:  Field Evaluation and Outreach

RESPONSIBILITIES:  Outreach and field evaluation services for victims of the 9/11 World Trade Center Disaster.  Provided support services to help victims with losses, reduce stress, and review their options and develop coping skills that will allow them  make the adjustments needed to move forward with their lives.

SUMMARY:  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved a $132 million Regular Services Crisis Counseling Grant today to help provide additional emotional support to those in need through New York State’s Project Liberty outreach program.

The purpose of the Crisis Counseling program is to help people understand their current situation and their emotional reactions to it. In doing so, it helps victims grieve their losses, reduce stress, review their options and develop coping skills that will allow them to make the necessary adjustments needed to move forward with their lives. It also encourages links to others in their community, and helps identify and refer people who may need services outside the scope of the Crisis Counseling Program.

The $132 million approved by FEMA for the WTC disaster is the largest Regular Services Grant in the agency’s history, coming close to the total amount of $147.9 million awarded for this type of grant in declared disasters since 1974.

Source:  Federal Emergency Management Agency