San Antonio Mental Health Disaster Consortium: Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, a personal perspective

Margaret Cole Marshall

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    TOPIC. This is the personal perspective of the author's experience during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. As a member of a professional mental health volunteer organization, this chronicles 3 months' experience in the local shelters. PURPOSE. Difficulties with organizational support and structure hampered the effectiveness and functioning of this volunteer organization in the shelters. To identify lessons learned from this experience. CONCLUSIONS. It is essential to identify where each mental health volunteer group fits into the organizational structure and what the role of each is. Volunteers need to be scheduled and relieved at regular intervals to rest so as to prevent stress reactions.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)15-21
    Number of pages7
    JournalPerspectives in Psychiatric Care
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Feb 1 2007



    • Disaster
    • Hurricane
    • Lessons learned
    • Mental health professional volunteers
    • Nursing
    • Organizational support and structure
    • Stress
    • Volunteer organizations

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Phychiatric Mental Health

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