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

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Chapter 6

Not All Disasters Are the Same

Understanding Similarities and Differences

Daniel W. McGowan1 and James Siemianowski2,    1McGowan Enterprises, Inc., Helena, MT, United States,    2CT Dept Mental Health and Addiction Svcs., Hartford, CT, United States

Abstract

From an emergency management (EM) perspective, this chapter focuses on understanding the complexities of integration based on the similarities and differences among disaster types and current approaches. The architecture of disasters, preparedness considerations, foundational elements, and current disaster services are explored. Benefits and challenges of disaster behavioral health (DBH) integration with EM are discussed. From a behavioral health perspective, the wide-ranging psychological ...

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