ERIC Number: EJ934058
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Reference Count: 21
It Ain't Easy Livin' in the Big Easy: Down and Dazed but Not out
Sulkowski, Michael L.; West, Jill; Lazarus, Philip J.
Communique, v39 n7 p1, 22-25 May 2011
In this article, the impact of two major disasters (Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil rig fire and subsequent oil spill) on residents of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are discussed. An overriding concern as expressed by the recently released report issued by the National Commission on Children and Disasters, 2010 "Report to the President and Congress," is that "... meeting the needs of children in disaster planning and management is a national responsibility lacking not only sufficient funding, but also a pervasive concern, a sustained will to act, and a unifying force." Despite the enormous challenges children, families, and residents of the Gulf region face from being exposed to the effects of two major disasters, these individuals still have a fighting chance at recovery. Community health providers and school-based mental health professionals are helping to hasten this process. The authors point out that many residents of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast--including mental health professionals--may be down and dazed but they are not down for the count.
Descriptors: Mental Health Workers, Public Health, Mental Health, Natural Disasters, School Health Services, Police, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Student Needs, Access to Education, Public Education, Economic Impact, School Districts, Psychological Patterns, Community Programs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana