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A disaster is a traumatic event for members of the affected community, and can have a negative impact on mental health. It is not only victims who can suffer from traumatic stress. Emergency responders can suffer from it as well. It is vital for individuals involved in the emergency response to manage their stress to whatever degree possible, in order to maintain the safety of themselves and others as they carry out their duties during the event, perform their duties effectively, and to minimize the risk of developing any long-term psychological problems after the event. The goal of this 15-minute training course is to explain how a traumatic event effects people, familiarize you with the symptoms of traumatic stress, both during the event and afterwards, and to provide you with methods to manage your stress, on-site, immediately after the event, and once you return to your everyday life.
- Explain how, why, and to what extent a traumatic event affects rescue and recovery workers and those involved in the relief effort
- Recognize the symptoms of traumatic stress in yourself and others
- Utilize methods to manage or minimize your stress after a traumatic