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    Can you Identify a agency that has overall responsibility for emergency management in the community (this is usually a local or county program or the local Red Cross office). Can you assist with researching a program and report on their emergency management plan by address the following questions:

    Does the program use counselors in its response teams?
    If so, what roles do counselors play?
    If not, how would you incorporate counselors into the plan?
    What specialized training would counselors need to have in order to be effective in responding in these situations?

    In addition, for the second part, assume that you are serving as part of the community emergency management response team you have described. Can you address the following:

    As a part of the team responding to a crisis, disaster, or trauma-causing event, or working independently with a client who has recently experienced some type of trauma, the process of diagnosis may be complicated by the scope of the event that has precipitated your involvement. Often normal responses in these situations mimic criteria for mental disorders. For example, people frequently display symptoms of a panic disorder in response to a trauma or crisis.

    Describe the appropriate use of diagnosis during a crisis, disaster, or other trauma-causing event.
    Discuss why it is important to be able to differentiate between a disorder and normal responses to crises and trauma causing events.
    Offer an example—an event that occurred locally in your community or nationally—that illustrates your explanation.

    APA standards for style and professionalism.
    Include at least 3 references from current articles in professional journals in the field of counseling.

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    (1) Can you identify an agency that has overall responsibility for emergency management in the community (this is usually a local or county program or the local Red Cross office).

    Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is responsible for any major natural disaster, including Any natural catastrophe (including any hurricane, tornado, storm, high water, wind-driven water, tidal wave, tsunami, earthquake, volcanic eruption, landslide, mudslide, snow storm, or drought), or, regardless of cause, any fire, flood or explosion, which the president determines causes severe damage.

    A water crisis in Charleston, West Virginia led to the call for FEMA to declare the region a natural disaster. In ruling FEMA held that a water crisis did not meet the definition of a major natural disaster.
    Because the water crisis was not a natural disaster, fire, flood or explosion, FEMA denied the claim for relief. Under the current FEMA regulations, officials argued that the definition was too narrow in scope. The argument was based on the actions taken by President Obama after a chemical leak in West Virginia on January 9.

    In this instance, FEMA intervened and provided assistance helping as hazard mitigation (Gutman, 2014) FEMA initially ruled the chemical leak did not meet the definition of "major disaster. FEMA's denial was appealed on the basis that cold weather "significantly hindered recovery after the chemical leak and elevated the event to a natural disaster".

    (2) Can you assist with researching a program and report on their emergency management plan by address the following questions:

    After a tornado ripped through Tuscaloosa, Alabama on April 27, getting help from emergency agencies proved difficult because they too were hard-hit facilities, including the Red Cross, Salvation Army and FEMA. An emergency plan was enacted after a tornado occurred in Tuscaloosa ...

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    This solution discusses a disaster relief program in the context of FEMA emergency management

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