Disaster Mental Health Services
Red Cross Model

  • Assessing Survival Needs: food, clothing, shelter (Maslow's hierarchy)

  • Psychological first aid -- building trust and offering reassurance, crisis intervention, brief supportive counseling, opportunity for venting feelings about the disaster, helping children cope

  • Assistance in shelters-- assessing needs, locating resources, educating Red Cross volunteers, advocating for needs of deaf people (I.e., interpreters, TTYs, visual announcements)

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