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Disaster Preparedness & Response Resources

Resources for psychiatrists for their roles in responding to disasters and mass traumas. Psychiatrists provide valuable medical experience and expertise for preparing and responding to disasters and mass traumas. It is important to understand how psychiatric care can be integrated into disaster response systems in order to effectively provide medical assessment, treatment and consultation.

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Coping After Mass Trauma

The effects of traumas and disasters can have tremendous psychological impacts on those who are affected directly and indirectly. Affected individuals may have various stress reactions that present psychological, as well as physical symptoms. However, there are steps that individuals can take for themselves and their families to mitigate and lessen the psychosomatic impacts felt by the community at large and those volunteering.

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Helping Children Cope with Disasters

Children are not exempt from psychological impacts caused by man-made or natural disasters. Understandably, many young children may feel frightened and confused. Fortunately, most children, even those exposed to trauma, are quite resilient.

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Become a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Volunteer

The American Red Cross provides disaster training for mental health professionals, including online modules.

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Talking to Children about a Shooting

Mass shooting tragedies evoke many emotions—sadness, grief, helplessness, anxiety, and anger. Children who are struggling with their thoughts and feelings about the stories and images of the shooting may turn to trusted adults for help and guidance.

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