Survivor response and coping
SUDDEN AND SLOW ONSET In the rush to plan and execute a relief
operation it is easy to overlook the real needs and resources of the survivors.
The assessment must take into account existing social coping mechanisms that
negate the need to bring in outside assistance. On the other hand, disaster
survivors may have new and special needs for social services to help adjust to
the trauma and disruption caused by the disaster.
Participation in the disaster response process by individuals to
community organizations is a key to healthy recovery. Through them appropriate
coping mechanisms will be most successfully