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Integrating Emergency Management and Disaster Behavioral Health by Ronald Sherman, Brian Flynn

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Chapter 4

Why Is Integrating Emergency Management Essential to Disaster Behavioral Health? Challenges and Opportunities

Anthony H. Speier1 and Ronald Sherman2,    1Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA, United States,    2Independent Consultant, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer (Retired), United States

Abstract

This chapter addresses why disaster behavioral health (DBH) needs integration with emergency management (EM). All actions in every phase are becoming increasingly formalized and just as in professional sports, nobody plays without not only understanding who owns the team but also agreeing to the owner’s contract. Basically, in order for DBH to do their jobs they must understand the structure and agree to play ...

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