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

Margaret Cole Marshall

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Abstract

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
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Nursing(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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San Antonio Mental Health Disaster Consortium : Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, a personal perspective. / Marshall, Margaret Cole.

In: Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, Vol. 43, No. 1, 02.2007, p. 15-21.

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