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

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Chapter 7

What Can DBH Actually Do To Make Emergency Managers Jobs Easier?

April J. Naturale1 and Lesli A. Rucker2,    1ICF International, Fairfax, VA, United States,    2Cenibark International, Inc., Richland, WA, United States

Abstract

From the disaster behavioral health (DBH) perspective, this disaster preparedness and response element is often seen as an ancillary service to emergency management, but when implemented as part of a comprehensive disaster response program, can actually make emergency mangers jobs easier. Roles that DBH can play are discussed including consultation, needs assessment, provision of psychoeducational information, training and education, and referral. From an emergency manager’s perspective, this chapter discusses ...

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