From Crisis to Recovery: Strategic Planning for Response, Resilience, and Recovery , George W. Doherty
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by George W. Doherty, ISBN: 978-1-61599-015-3
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Crises affect people on many different levels, including psychological well-being. Disasters like tsunamis, hurricanes Rita and Katrina, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continue to affect millions of lives daily. Potential events like Avian and Swine Flu pandemics, global warming/climate change and threats of spreading unrest in the Middle East are concerns weighing heavily on all. Planning and coordination are important components of responses to crises, disasters, and critical incidents. This book covers all the important steps involved in strategic planning and explains how it is helpful in mitigating and responding to disasters, critical incidents and other crises

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Biography :

George W. Doherty is the President of the Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Institute. The institute delivers critical inciĀ¬dent response training in Wyoming and throughout the region as well as a national yearly conference and proceedings for crisis response managers and the mental health professionals who work with them. Doherty is the author of Crisis Intervention Training for Disaster Workers and editor of several volumes. For more information about his work, please visit

Book Review :

Between war, natural disasters and pandemic illnesses, such as the Swine Flu (H1N1), worldwide we are currently experiencing a tremendous amount of stress-inducing events. The proper training of first responders and mental health professionals is critical. Mental health response has been left out of most emergency response models for national, state and local response team training. Incorporating resilience, recovery, and proper preparation into a strategic plan is vital. It is also important that these professionals have an understanding of other cultures when dealing with people from them in emergency situations.

"From Crisis to Recovery," discusses how the community and its people tend to respond to and recover from disasters. Being aware of the effects of both individual and collective trauma is important in how people will be affected. Activities taught involve preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters. Learning about resiliency and how it can affect the outcome of disaster induced stress and emotional trauma is very important. Stress reduction techniques are also taught.

This book is critical for people involved in all aspects of crisis response. It is important for them to acquire the valuable information offered here. It is also important for responders to recognize that they too are affected by crisis situations. Recognizing this, and learning how to effectively handle these stressors, the responders will be able to avoid having to be hindered by the emotional trauma of the situations with which they are dealing. This in turn will allow them to be more effective in a crisis situation and in their personal lives, avoid burn out and avoid needless suffering. "From Crisis to Recovery" is written in a manner that not only imparts critical information, but is also incredibly interesting to read. I highly recommend this book.

(Paige Lovitt for Reader Views)

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