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19 Jul. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Self-Care for Crisis Responders

While responding to a crisis it is normal for individuals to experience secondary trauma, a condition that is a result of being exposed to the stress of others who are more directly involved in a crisis. Emotional distress as a result of working to support those impacted by trauma may not be as easy to detect as a physical injury but it can be just as debilitating and painful. Although anyone can be adversely affected by exposure to a traumatic event, crisis responders are particularly vulnerable to the development of stress reactions as they are exposed vicariously to traumatic events while assisting survivors.

13 Jul. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Facebook App Lets Users Track Friends in Disasters

A new app has been launched by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that allows users to track the status of friends on Facebook. Project: Lifeline is a Facebook application that allows you to identify “lifelines” from within your friends list. These are friends that you can count on to provide assistance to you in a disaster and to provide updates on your behalf if you are unable to do so.

22 Jun. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

There’s an App for That: Smartphone Applications Now Teaching Emergency Preparedness

Thanks to technological advancements such as smart phones and tablets, we are now allowed nearly effortless access to information and news at any given time or place. This technology has sparked an interest among many in how these devices can be used for more than just social entertainment. In particular, the American Red Cross has invested time in researching how social media and smartphone technology can assist with disaster recovery and emergency preparedness. The results of their research indicate:

15 Jun. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Increasing Personal Safety through Information Management

Dialing 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency is the most widespread strategy individuals use to protect themselves in life-threatening situations. However, new technology now allows for individuals to ensure an even greater chance of their own personal safety. Citizens can now create a safety profile including important personal information about each member of their family that will be made available to 9-1-1 operators at the time of a 9-1-1 call. This information will allow emergency responders access to photos, medical history, and other valuable information that could potentially save someone’s life.

1 Jun. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Hurricane Season Is Upon Us

Today is the official start of hurricane season in the US. If you live in a hurricane-prone area, we encourage you to become personally prepared for a hurricane, and share this information with your employees. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers some useful tips on its page – www.ready.gov.

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