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Effective Responses to Communities following a Natural Disaster (Disaster)

[Speaker] Garcia-shelton, Linda M:1
1:Florida Institute of Technology (United States of America)

Hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes and other severe natural disasters can cause a great deal of massive damage to a community and require enormous amounts of external assistance quite immediately. When the incident falls off the front-page of the newspaper the continuing after-effects on the community are seldom noted in the public sphere, and even less frequently are they responded to. This presentation will address the continuing impact the experience of disaster has a community. Research documenting increased levels of common illness, family strife, accidental injuries, and other health and social sequelae long after the actual disaster will be reviewed. Also, community based interventions developed specifically to minimize longer lasting problems will be summarized.
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