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Disaster Action Guide: Reflections on Personal Experience of Disaster

This guide was written by members of Disaster Action, who are survivors and bereaved people from disasters including the Zeebrugge ferry sinking, King’s Cross underground fire, Lockerbie aircraft bombing, Hillsborough football stadium tragedy, Marchioness riverboat sinking, Dunblane shootings, Southall and Ladbroke Grove train crashes, the September 11th attacks, the South East Asian Tsunami and the Bali, London and Sharm El Sheikh bombings.

Afghan Americans and the Heritage of Trauma, by Arnold R. Isaacs

The experience of Afghan refugees has led to high rates of physical and emotional problems. A study of refugees in California reported that nearly half of the study sample -- 31 percent of the men and a startling 58 percent of the women -- met the diagnostic criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder, although only a small fraction had been diagnosed or treated for it. In this chapter of a longer report, Arnold R. Isaacs writes about the war and refugee experience of Afghans in the United States.

After the Storm: Louisiana Awaits Help As Media Moves On

There’s been too little coverage of what the Red Cross calls the “biggest disaster” to hit America since Sandy, and what coverage there has been has too often been political, writes Irwin Redlener, Director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness.

Safety Guidelines for Covering Nuclear Incidents

Journalists who cover news related to nuclear issues are frequently among the first people on the scene when a radiation incident occurs, but their safety is often overlooked, leaving them vulnerable to radiation exposure and other potential harm. To combat that risk, the non-profit group Atomic Reporters, in partnership with the Stanley Foundation, has released a safety guide highlighting basic steps to take when covering these complex issues.

Vicarious Trauma and Ensuring the Well-being of the Newsroom

Journalists at Storyful witness some of the most graphic and disturbing content emerging from social media on a minute-by-minute basis. Though these journalists are not directly involved in the events they report, the repeated exposure to distressing images, and the need to analyze them closely for verification purposes, can have an emotional effect. This can manifest itself in a form of vicarious trauma. In this video and blog post, Storyful shares the important steps taken by the company to ensure the well-being of its newsroom and offers advice on what to do if you feel you’ve been adversely affected by graphic content.

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