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The purpose of this section is to provide resources for applying crisis response concepts and to compile opportunities to serve communities affected by crises or disasters.
The American Red Cross provides relief when disasters strike for those affected by residential fires, earthquakes, floods, wildfires, transportation accidents, terrorist attacks, mudslides and other man-made and natural disasters. See STEP 4 American Red Cross.
California Disaster Healthcare Volunteers (DHV) is part of a nationwide, government led, locally administered effort to recruit, train and deploy volunteers to assist in the event of disaster impacting the public health or health systems. This includes Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and the Emergency System for the Advanced Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP). Mental health professionals and others who are interested can find additional information and sign up to volunteer at the Disaster Healthcare Volunteer’s Resource Page.
Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Teams are local groups of emergency responders, community volunteers, and mental health professionals who have organized to provide CISM services. The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation maintains an Emergency Hot Line to refer individuals, organizations, and communities in need to more than 200 active CISM Teams world-wide.
The Los Angeles Mayor’s Crisis Response Team (CRT) assists the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) in crisis situations. The CRT responds to homicides, suicides, death notification assistance, domestic violence support, officer involved shootings, infant deaths, and serious traffic collisions. Members of the Mental Health arm of the Crisis Response Team have found this work to be profoundly meaningful and rewarding, and invaluable in gaining crisis intervention and trauma experience. Interested parties should contact the CRT Program Manager, Edward Alamo (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as other community members without healthcare backgrounds. MRC units engage these volunteers to strengthen public health, improve emergency response capabilities and build community resiliency. They prepare for and respond to natural disasters, such as wildfires, hurricanes, tornados, blizzards, and floods, as well as other emergencies affecting public health, such as disease outbreaks.
The Salvation Army is a faith-based organization that welcomes volunteers regardless of personal beliefs. This international relief organization provides physical, emotional, and spiritual care for survivors of local, national, and international disasters. It is typically one of the first organizations on the ground in the immediate aftermath of a disaster and virtually the last out - long after other organizations have ended their relief operations. The Salvation Army relies upon trained disaster workers to coordinate emergency relief operations and deliver fast, efficient service to disaster survivors. To volunteer, register at the closest Division Headquarters and enroll in the National Disaster Training Program.
R3 Continuum (Ready, Respond, Recover) offers services to ensure that organizations are ready for major disruptive events, able to respond successfully to these events (including workplace or threat of violence incidents), and equipped to accelerate employee recovery and return to work outcomes. R3 has a nationwide network of clinicians and consultants who daily help people to lead productive, meaningful lives. Being a network member provides you with the opportunity to diversify your practice while earning supplemental income with a flexible schedule. We provide all network members with ongoing training, tools, support, and feedback. See Career Opportunities.
Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) is a group of professional and para-professional medical personnel designed to provide medical care during a disaster or other event. Local DMATs recruit personnel for specific vacancies, plan for training opportunities, and coordinate the deployment of the teams. DMATs are designed to be a rapid-response element to supplement local medical care until other Federal or contract resources can be mobilized, or the situation is resolved. DMATs deploy to disaster sites with enough supplies and equipment to sustain themselves for a period of 72 hours while providing medical care at a fixed or temporary medical care site. The personnel are activated for a period of two weeks. DMATs are principally a community resource available to support local, regional, and State requirements. However, as a National resource, they can be federalized. DMAT personnel are required to maintain appropriate certifications and licensure within their discipline. When personnel are activated as Federal employees, licensure and certification is recognized by all States. Additionally, DMAT personnel are paid while serving as intermittent federal employees and have the protection of the Federal Tort Claims Act in which the Federal Government becomes the defendant in the event of a malpractice claim. You can locate area teams with mental health units at Disaster Medical Services.
Resilience to Recovery offers crisis response consulting and readiness training to corporations, non-profits and government agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area. We offer direct critical incident response and recovery services to organizations dealing with traumatic events. We help your organization prepare by training your staff to be ready for the moment crisis strikes.