Resources for Working with Survivors of Katrina and Their Families, and for Displaced Psychologists & Psychology Interns

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The resources on this site are grouped into the following 6 sections:

Some phone numbers that may be helpful:

To locate missing loved ones: 1-866-GET-INFO (438-4636) or 1-877-LOVED 1S (568-3317)

To volunteer as a psychologist or other mental health professional through American Red Cross's Disaster Mental Health Services Program (NOTE: ARC has waived its traditional requirement of specific disaster mental health training in light of Katrina's magnitude): 1-202-303-8621

Food Stamp Hotline 1-800-256-1548

American Red Cross Hotline: 1-800-256-4733

Medicaid Hotline: 1-888-342-6207

People with Developmental Disabilities Who Have Been Displaced: 1-225-342-0095

Dialysis for Evacuees (225) 387-1333

Louisiana Department of Social Services Resources for Katrina Survivors: 1-888-524-3578

Medical Volunteers: 225-763-5763 or 225-763-5762

Federal Emergency Management Agency: 1-800-621-FEMA

 

Resources for Displaced Psychologists, Psychology Interns, & Psychology Residents, and Psychology Students:

Crisis Relocation for Hurricane Katrina Displaced Psychologists

"In the aftermath of Katrina, many psychologists have lost homes, irreplaceable objects, practices and the lives of loved ones. In order to help those displaced psychologists from the areas stricken by disaster, this site serves to collect data about relocation practices around the country and about the psychologists needing to relocate."

Katrina Relocation Directory for Psychological Scientists

This American Psychological Society site states: "Campuses across the country have opened their doors to displaced students, offering opportunities to continue their education despite the tragedy. Similarly, colleges and universities are providing opportunities to faculty and researchers who have been uprooted by Katrina. To facilitate and add to ongoing efforts, APS has established the Katrina Relocation Directory for Psychological Scientists to connect faculty, grad students and others in psychological science seeking a temporary home to continue their educational, teaching, and research pursuits."

Louisiana Psychologists: Reconnect with Colleagues

This web forum, maintained by the Louisiana Psychological Association, "is intended to facilitate communication among Louisiana psychologists, other colleagues, and individuals affected by Hurricane Katrina."

Louisiana Licensing Boards

Phone numbers, fax numbers, email addresses, & street addresses for the Louisiana licensing boards that regulate psychologists, physicians, social workers, nurses, and other health care professionals.

Psychology Interns & Residents Displaced by Katrina

The Association of Psychology Postdoctoral & Internship Centers (APPIC) states that "APPIC will assist Training Directors, interns, and postdoctoral residents who have had their training experiences disrupted by the hurricane and need consultation about how to proceed. In extreme situations, such as a training site that is unable to continue operating, APPIC will help to coordinate the relocation of interns and postdocs to other training sites when possible. Depending on the need, we may soon put out a call to other training programs to see if they can accommodate an extra intern or postdoc. In the meantime, please give some thought as to whether your program could provide such assistance." This page provides contact information -- via pager -- for those with questions or needing help.

Resources for Mental Health Professionals Working With or Preparing To Work With Survivors and their Families

State of Louisiana's Declaration of Public Health Emergency to Suspend Out-Of_State Licensure for Medical Professionals and Personnel

Executive Order #KBB 2005-26 was signed by Governor Kathleen Babineau Blanco on September 2, 2005.

Office of The Surgeon General's Health Care Professionals and Relief Personnel Volunteer Page

This page from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services notes: "The Office of The Surgeon General and the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness are in the process of mobilizing and identifying healthcare professionals and relief personnel to assist in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.... We are currently looking for multidisciplinary healthcare professionals and relief personnel with expertise in the following areas..." This page includes the forms you'd need to volunteer through this office.

Emergency Prescription Drugs Available for Hurricane Evacuees

"The Louisiana Board of Pharmacy has received confirmation that emergency prescription needs will be taken care of for Hurricane Katrina evacuees without means to pay for their medications. Hurricane Katrina evacuees can go to any Wal-Mart, CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreen’s or Kroger’s pharmacy in Louisiana or around the country to have their prescriptions filled based on patients' emergency needs. Nurses and doctors who have authority to write prescriptions and are treating patients in special needs shelters as part of the recovery effort can send their patients’ prescriptions to these pharmacies to be filled."

Katrina Resources for Military Personnel & their Families

This site maintained by the U.S. Department of Defense provides an array of resources for people in the military and their families.

CDC's Interim Health Recommendations for Katrina Relief Workers

This Centers for Disease Control & Prevention page provides a list of items that relief workers should bring with them and outlines special precautions in the following areas: injury, electrocutions, food & water, insect bites, snake bites, other health risks, psychological/emotional issues.

Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals' Health Recommendations for Rescue Workers

This document notes that "State health officials are issuing an infectious disease advisory for rescue workers who will be entering the area impacted by Hurricane Katrina. This advisory is directed towards: utilities workers, rescue personnel, emergency medical services staff, fire fighters, military personnel, and law enforcement personnel."

Interim Immunization Recommendations for Hurricane Katrina Emergency Responders

This CDC page notes that required immunizations include: Tetanus and diphtheria toxoid (receipt of primary series, and Td booster within 10 years); and Hepatitis B vaccine series for persons who will be performing direct patient care or otherwise expected to have contact with bodily fluids.

Disaster Mental Health for Responders: Key Principles, Issues and Questions

This page provided by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention outlines potential issues faced by Katrina survivors..

Online Articles Focusing On Katrina's Emotional Aftermath

[NOTE: While there are thousands of books, articles, and papers on the psychological effects of disasters, the online articles below focus specifically on Hurricane Katrina.]

Managing Traumatic Stress: After Hurricane Katrina

This page, provided by the American Psychological Association, notes that "The effects of a hurricane like Katrina will be long-lasting and the resulting trauma can reverberate even with those not directly affected by the disaster. It is common for people who have experienced traumatic situations to have very strong emotional reactions. Understanding normal responses to these abnormal events can aid you in coping effectively with your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, and help you along the path to recovery."

In the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: Addressing Emergent Psychological Needs

This guide was prepared by Mark D. Lerner, Ph.D., President, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.

Resources for Finding and Re-Connecting with Lost Loved Ones

Hurricane Katrina Survivor Registry: Over 14,000 Listed

This site, maintained by Georgia Tech University, allows survivors to list themselves and enables others to search the registry.

International Committee of the Red Cross Katrina Web Page for Finding Lost Loved Ones

This page notes that "As a result of Hurricane Katrina's passage through the Southern coast of the United States, thousands of persons within the United States and abroad have lost contact with their loved ones. In an effort to help restoring family links, the ICRC in close cooperation with the American Red Cross offers the following services to all those seeking information about their relatives possibly affected by the hurricane."

New Orleans Times-Picayune Katrina Web Page for Finding Lost Loves Ones

The site has a searchable archive.

Safe List

"CNN.com has been posting the names of those who wish to let loved ones know they are alright after the storm. If you were in Katrina’s path and want to post your name here, please send an e-mail to the Hurricane Victims Desk. For each person you are reporting for the list, include first and last name, age, hometown, state and a brief message. You may also include a phone number or e-mail address where those on the list may be reached."

Katrina: Search Across the Web for Missing People

Yahoo has created a Katrina search engine that enables you to search for missing people on an array of internet lists.

American Psychiatric Association's web page on Katrina

This page provides information for psychiatrists who would like to volunteer or donate. The Association notes that "It is important for health care providers and others to avoid defining as pathological normal stress responses in disaster situations. Many of these reactions are transient and may resolve."

Resources for Missing & Orphaned Cats, Dogs, & Other Animals

Post Lost Pets - Pets Left Behind - Volunteer - Foster Match - Search

This "Animal Emergency Response Network" web site, coordinated by Petfinder.com, has a wide array of participants including ASPCA, American Humane Association, Humane Society of the United States, Best Friends Animal Society, Noah's Wish, Maddie's Fund, Pets911, United Animal Nations (EARS), IFAW and Code 3 Associates, Alley Cat Allies, & LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. You can post needs (e.g., my pet was left behind & needs to be rescued; I need temporary shelter or a foster home for my pet; I lost my pet; I need help for my pet who is with me), search, volunteer, etc.

Petfinder.com's Hurricane Katrina News, Updates, & Links

This page provides links & information about Katrina-related shelters & hotlines and about Current Animal Welfare Rescue Efforts. It also provides a Hurricane Katrina forum & message board "to post or to communicate with others about the plight of affected pets, animals, and their people." [NOTE: Petfinder.com is a remarkable site where you can search -- specifying species, breed, size, gender, age, location, etc. -- over 200,000 adoptable pets, seeing photos & descriptions of each. You can also locate shelters and rescue groups currently caring for adoptable pets, if you'd like to visit or volunteer at those in your neighborhood.]

Best Friends Animal Society Hurricane Katrina Special Reports, Resources, & Donations

This site provides a Special Report, constantly updated, on Hurricane Katrina animal-related developments. The group and its volunteers have been on the front lines in rescuing animals affected by Katrina. You can give to their fund online; they note that "100% of the funds raised will go toward relief efforts for the animals." [NOTE: Best Friends Animal Society is another remarkable organization that works on a national level but also "operates the largest no-kill sanctuary in the country for abandoned, abused and neglected companion animals. There are never fewer than 1,500 animals at the sanctuary. These once sad little faces come from rescue groups and shelters all over the country. Once they are here, they receive the care and attention they deserve and to heal emotionally and physically. Once they’ve received a little care, most of these special animals will go to new homes with loving families. For those who remain here, the Sanctuary will be a true home and haven for the rest of their lives."]

 

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