Hurricane Katrina's first responders: the struggle to protect and serve in the aftermath of the disaster.

@article{Osofsky2011HurricaneKF,
  title={Hurricane Katrina's first responders: the struggle to protect and serve in the aftermath of the disaster.},
  author={Howard J. Osofsky and Joy D. Osofsky and J Samuel Arey and Mindy E Kronenberg and Tonya Cross Hansel and Michele M Many},
  journal={Disaster medicine and public health preparedness},
  year={2011},
  volume={5 Suppl 2},
  pages={S214-9}
}
OBJECTIVE Hurricane Katrina highlighted both the crucial role of first responders in times of disaster and the resultant stress on them and their families. The primary objective of this study was to describe the mental health status and symptoms of first responders in the New Orleans area. We further hypothesized that given the extent of the disaster and slowness of recovery, symptoms of posttraumatic stress and depression would not decrease after the first-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina… CONTINUE READING
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