Chapter 2

Where Emergency Management and Disaster Behavioral Health Meet

Through a Disaster Behavioral Health Lens

Rachel E. Kaul1* and Ronald Sherman2,    1U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC, United States,    2Independent Consultant, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer (Retired), United States


From a disaster behavioral health (DBH) perspective, this comprehensive review of the intersection between emergency management (EM) and DBH uses a historical perspective, as well as first hand field experiences from both professions, to identify challenges, successes, and opportunities for future growth within disaster response coordination. The words “Hope for the best and plan for the worst” or some variation, are on ...

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