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Coping through a Disaster: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina 

1/1/2011

Abstract

Objective

In the face of manmade and natural disasters, first responders are called upon to respond toemergencies, protect the public, and mitigate further disaster consequences. While this is a professional expectation, extreme crisis events can present an inimitable set of challenges for responders, particularly when they are personally impacted by the disaster in which they are expected to respond.To gain insight into the experiences and activities of officers during the most stressful parts of the crisis, face-to-faceinterviews were conducted with officers (N = 57) of varying ranks and divisions. The data demonstrates the dynamic nature of coping in disasters, as well as the range of strategies practiced

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Principal Investigator(s) and Researchers(s)

Terri Adams-Fuller, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator, PACER