When Responders Become Disaster Victims: Protecting the Humanity of First Responders

Source: Jeff Smith, PA Times, Vol. 36 no. 3, July/August/September 2013
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Natural disasters, even those that affect large geographic areas, have extreme localized repercussions. … Certainly, upon the initial impact of a natural disaster, communities look to their local first response agencies such as police and fire personnel to respond to immediate needs. Local responders are expected to respond and assess the damage prior to the mobilizing of federal assets. …Communities trust and indeed count on their first response agencies to respond when the call is made. It is easy to forget that those we count on are just as susceptible to disaster as any other citizen. …