Disasters and Vulnerable Populations

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Disasters and Vulnerable Populations

SKU# 9780826198457

Evidence-Based Practice for the Helping Professions

Author: Lisa Baker PhD, LCSW, Loretta Cormier PhD, MA, BSN

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Offers the most current, evidence-based information for helping specific populations affected by disasters

Vulnerable populations such as children, older adults, and people with disabilities are disproportionately affected by large-scale disasters. This hands-on resource for students and professionals in social work, counseling, nursing, and mental health encompasses the best and most current evidence-based interventions for effectively responding to the needs of vulnerable populations following disasters. Using an all-hazards perspective, the book also provides a dedicated section containing population-specific personal preparedness considerations and discusses the role of preparedness in mitigating negative consequences. The resource is unique in its provision of vital information for locating requisite assessment tools, preparedness checklists, and forms. It also provides a list of mobile applications offered through national organizations.

The resource addresses the specific psychosocial needs of vulnerable populations after a disaster. It delivers best practices for crisis intervention with specific populations including children, older adults, people with disabilities, people with mental health issues, and people with substance abuse issues. The authors present a theoretical foundation for understanding disasters, response systems, common guidelines for preparedness, and basic crisis theory. This is a resource that will be valuable not only to practitioners in a great variety of health disciplines, but also to volunteer professionals and paraprofessionals involved in disaster preparedness and response. Case vignettes are included in each chapter to illustrate issues particular to each population

Key Features:

  • Offers the highest quality, best available evidence for choosing appropriate interventions
  • Focuses on vulnerable populations including children, older adults, and people with disabilities, mental health issues and substance abuse issues
  • Comprises a practical, hands-on manual for mental health and medical professionals and volunteers regarding disaster preparedness and response
  • Provides assessment tools and preparedness checklists and forms
  • Includes case vignettes to illustrate issues specific to each population

Product Details 

  • Publication Date August 26, 2014
  • Page Count 250
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826198457
  • EISBN 9780826198488

Table of Contents 

Contents

Introduction ......................................................................................................................................

PART ONE OVERVIEW OF DISASTER PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE

1. When Disaster Strikes: Disaster Response ........................................................................

1.1 Introduction............................................................................................................... 1.2 After the Disaster.......................................................................................................

1.3 Summary and Conclusions........................................................................................

References..............................................................................................................................

2. Before the Storm: Preparedness .........................................................................................

2.1 Introduction................................................................................................................

2.2 Defining Preparedness...............................................................................................

2.3 Who is Prepared?.......................................................................................................

2.4 Barriers to Preparedness............................................................................................

2.5 Preparedness Guidelines............................................................................................

2.6 Summary and Conclusions........................................................................................

References..............................................................................................................................

3. Crisis Intervention and the Mental Health Response .......................................................

3.1 Introduction................................................................................................................

3.2 Common Reactions to Stress and Trauma.................................................................

3.3 Mental Health Effects of Disasters............................................................................

3.4 Models of Crisis Intervention....................................................................................

3.5 Interventions for Disaster Mental Health...................................................................

3.6 Summary and Conclusions........................................................................................

References..............................................................................................................................

PART TWO VULNERABLE POPULATIONS

4. Pregnant Women, Infants and Children and Disaster .....................................................

Abstract..................................................................................................................................

4.1 Introduction................................................................................................................

4.2 Pregnant Women and Infants.....................................................................................

4.3 Children......................................................................................................................

4.4 Reunification of Children..........................................................................................

4.5 Schools and Preschools..............................................................................................

4.6 Personal Preparedness................................................................................................

4.7 Parenting after Disasters............................................................................................

4.8 Responder Guidelines for Infants and Children.........................................................

4.9 Summary and Conclusions........................................................................................

References..............................................................................................................................

5. Persons with Disabilities and Disasters ..............................................................................

Abstract..................................................................................................................................

5.1 Introduction................................................................................................................

5.2 The Vulnerability of Persons with Disabilities in Disasters......................................

5.3 The Disaster Framework and Persons with Disabilities............................................

5.4 Summary and Conclusions........................................................................................

References..............................................................................................................................

6. Older Adults and Disasters .................................................................................................

Abstract..................................................................................................................................

6.1 Introduction................................................................................................................

6.2 The Vulnerability of Older Adults in Disasters.........................................................

6.3 The Disaster Framework and Older Adults...............................................................

6.4 Summary and Conclusions........................................................................................

References..............................................................................................................................

7. Persons with Chronic Mental Health Issues and Disasters ..............................................

Abstract..................................................................................................................................

7.1 Introduction................................................................................................................

7.2 The Vulnerability of Persons with Chronic Mental Illness in Disasters....................

7.3 The Disaster Framework and Persons with Chronic Mental Health Issues...............

7.4 Summary and Conclusions........................................................................................

References..............................................................................................................................

8. Persons with Alcohol and Substance Use/Abuse and Disasters .......................................

Abstract..................................................................................................................................

8.1 Introduction................................................................................................................

8.2 The Vulnerability of Persons with Substance Abuse in Disasters.............................

8.3 The Disaster Framework and Persons with Substance Abuse...................................

8.4 Summary and Conclusions........................................................................................

References..............................................................................................................................

9. Persons with Animals and Pets in Disasters ......................................................................

Abstract..................................................................................................................................

9.1 Introduction................................................................................................................

9.2 The Vulnerability of Persons with Animals and Pets in Disasters............................

9.3 The Disaster Framework and Persons with Animals and Pets..................................

9.4 Summary and Conclusions........................................................................................

References..............................................................................................................................

10. Responder Self-Care ............................................................................................................

Abstract..................................................................................................................................

10.1 Introduction................................................................................................................

10.2 Health Effects.............................................................................................................

10.3 Mental Health Effects................................................................................................

10.4 Intervening.................................................................................................................

10.5 Self-Care....................................................................................................................

10.6 Summary and Conclusions........................................................................................

References..............................................................................................................................

11. Final Considerations: Ethnic and Economic Diversity and Disasters ............................

Abstract..................................................................................................................................

11.1 Introduction................................................................................................................

11.2 Ethnic Minorities and Low Economic Status Persons in Disasters...........................

11.3 Summary and Conclusions........................................................................................

References..............................................................................................................................

List of Abbreviations.........................................................................................................................

Appendix: Resources and Tools........................................................................................................