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Tornado Resources

 
From APA’s Psychology Help Center:

Both of these resources provide a comprehensive list of tips as to how to respond post-tornado and when to seek help.

 

Managing Traumatic Stress: After the Tornadoes http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/tornadoes.aspx (See Special Buzz: ARC Docs and Tornado)

 

Tornadoes, Hurricanes, and Children.

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/tornadoes-kids.aspx (See Special Buzz: Tornado Resources)

 

Tornadoes. Centers for Disease Control Emergency Preparedness and Response.

http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/tornadoes/

This CDC page includes before, during, and after a tornado suggestions for safety. (See Special Buzz: Tornado Resources)

 

Tornadoes. Ready.gov. Federal Emergency Management Agency.

http://www.fema.gov/hazard/tornado/index.shtm

Information for building an emergency kit and safe rooms, tornado danger signs, recommendations for shelter, general safety recommendations, and more. (See Special Buzz: Tornado Resources)


The Disaster Response Network (DRN) has a long history of encouraging and preparing mental health professionals to participate in disaster response.  This year has been particularly challenging for all of us ranging from wildfires in the Northwest to floods here in Texas and South Carolina.

Although our Texas Psychological Association (TPA) DRN members largely  respond through the American Red Cross, we are well-represented in, or provide support to a number of response organizations including Give An Hour, Strategic Outreach for Families of All Reservists (SOFAR), Disaster  Medical Assistance Teams (DMAT) under the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), as well as state and local governmental entities (this list is not exhaustive).  This year your TPA/DRN joined the Texas Health and Human Services Disaster Behavioral Health Consortium assisting the Consortium through response activities as well as developing training on Disaster Behavioral Health for Ebola and High Consequence Infectious Disease.  Several of your DRN Committee members will be providing this training across the state in the coming months.

For the future, training and preparedness remain our greatest concern.  We encourage our membership to identify a response organization in your area and obtain the necessary training.  In response to the immense demand for mental health professionals both here and across the country, Red Cross provides training through periodic webinars.  Joining you TPA/DRN will give you ready access to current information about disasters as well as training opportunities

Finally, to those who have taken time from their practices and families to respond, our heartfelt thanks.  You have made a huge contribution to the resiliency of our neighbors and communities.  We also extend our thanks to the TPA/DRN committee members who have willingly volunteered their time and wisdom to this vital service

If you need additional resources or assistance, please visit the APA Help Center on disasters.

Join TPA's Disaster Response Network by emailing Dr. Beckie Hamlin at rj.hamlin@earthlink.net or Sherry Reisman at tpa_sreisman@att.net

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