Addressing Trauma and Building Resiliency as Comprehensive Disaster Planning and Response


The attached memo is intended to make observations about communities affected by disaster-related trauma, and to offer recommendations for trauma-informed recovery.  

Community examples provide case studies or models for other communities grappling with similar issues.  Suggested resources and tools provide communities with support for accelerated action.

Memo authors represent active cross sector networks that contribute to resilient community infrastructure development, awareness building, resource marshaling, and relationship building.  Resilient communities invest in developing these networks prior to disasters as they are critical for trauma-informed disaster response.

Writers of this memo supported efforts to mobilize communities in addressing adversity and trauma, including trauma resulting from the following disasters:  California’s Wildfires (2017), Florida’s Hurricane Irma (2017), Texas and related states experience with Hurricane Harvey (2017), Oregon’s Wildfires (2017). In addition, mobilizers helped to address past man-made and natural disasters including 9/11 (2001) and East Coast Communities’ of Hurricane Sandy (2012).

Please review our top 11 observations and recommendations, which are detailed in the attached document.


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