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Psychological First Aid in Disaster Management

As a member of the North Shore Emergency Management, I had an opportunity to attend training on psychological first aid (PFA), or disaster psycho-social support (DPS).  A useful session, and lots of fun with a lot of really experienced people sharing war stories.  (Some of the wars were not that long ago: the Fort McMurray fire from a couple of years back, last year's wildfires here, and this springs floods.)

 

However, you aren't concerned with how much fun I had.  What you might be interested in is that the session was based and structured on the guide and other materials (freely) available from the World Health Organization.  While a good deal of the WHO stuff relates to aid workers in  disaster areas, most of it is still going to be applicable to PFA/DPS in your own company BC/DR plan.  (Your company BCP does cover DPS, doesn't it?)


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