Disaster Psychology

Introduction and Unit Overview — Disaster Psychology

CERT members should prepare themselves for their role during and following a disaster by learning about the possible impact of disaster on them and others, emotionally and physically. This knowledge will help CERT members understand and manage their reactions to the event and to work better with others.

This unit will address techniques for managing one’s personal situation so that the needs of the victims and those of CERT team members can be met.

At the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Describe the disaster and post-disaster emotional environment.
  • Describe the steps that rescuers can take to relieve their own stress and those of disaster survivors.

Introduction and Unit Overview — Terrorism

In his January 29, 2002, State of the Union address, President George W. Bush asked Americans to volunteer their services to improve and safeguard our country and created the Citizen Corps program to help Americans meet this call to service.

One of the volunteer opportunities offered to the American public under the Citizen Corps umbrella is the CERT program.

Given the increased threat of terrorist attacks on American soil, CERT members must be educated about CERT protocols and procedures for terrorist incidents and the actions that CERTs should take following a possible terrorist attack.

At the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Define terrorism.
  • Identify potential targets in the community.
  • Identify CERT operating procedures for a terrorist incident.
  • Describe the actions to take following a suspected terrorist incident.

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