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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.

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