ERIC Number: ED470409
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
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Disaster Preparedness: Lessons from the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.
Heaps, Richard A.
Between February 7 and February 24, 2002, Utah and Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Olympics. Due to the bombing at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and the emotional fallout that resulted, it was recommended that the Utah Psychological Association and Utah Red Cross plan for such an occurrence and organize a coordinated Disaster Mental Health (DMH) response. This paper presents the author's reflections on the planning and response efforts, including recommendations for other state psychological associations based on lessons learned from Salt Lake City's experiences. Two appendixes include a summary of UPA Olympic Preparations and Future Recommendations for State Associations, and a sampling of Olympic experiences contributed by DMH volunteers. (GCP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (110th, Chicago, IL, August 22-25, 2002).