Presenters: Anthony Speier, PhD, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center; Joy Osofsky, PhD,
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center; Tonya Cross Hansel, PhD, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center; Curt Drennen, PsyD, RN, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response; Nikki Bellamy, PhD, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; Lou Ann Mock, PhD, DePelchin Children’s Center
Moderated by: John Fairbank, PhD, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress—Duke University & Melissa Brymer, PhD, PsyD, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress—UCLA
The evacuation of 1.1 million residents from an area approximately equal in land mass to Great Britain, resulted in 19 states participating in federally funded crisis counseling programs organized to address the evacuation, sheltering, and recovery needs of Americans displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The panel of presenters all played key roles in the Hurricane Katrina response. The speakers will address the unique set of challenges faced from the perspective of the directly damaged resident state of Louisiana, a “host” state (Colorado), a “host” city (Houston), and the Federal response plan (SAMHSA). The content presented will provide essential information regarding early stage sheltering and stabilization, intermediate and longer-term assimilation into temporary communities, and repatriation to the survivor’s home state. The information presented will benefit policy makers, emergency response planners, treatment providers, public health and local emergency response personnel.