After The Crisis Initiative. Peer Support Training Curriculum. Preparing Peers to Assist Peers in Preparing for and Recovering From Disasters. Intended Training Audience.
Prepare peers with histories of mental illness, substance abuse and or involvement in the criminal justice systems to assist peers in preparing for disasters and to provide peer crisis support in the aftermath of a disaster
peers living in institutional settings such as state hospitals and adult homes, peers residing in rural communities, non-English speaking peers and peers with additional disabilities.
Peers attending this training will:
Emphasis on quickly assessing needs of survivors for referral to other resources
Mobilized in response to a disaster
Traditional Peer Support Services
No time limits
No or minimal emphasis on speedy assessments
Designed to provide ongoing support to peersPeer Support Disaster Services vs. Traditional Peer Support Services
Peer Support Disaster Services have a lot in common with Crisis Counseling Model used by traditional disaster relief programs:
Is your glass half empty or half full?
What other services can peers provide?
These services are free
Peers can assist peers in many activities:
Your “community “ can work together to address issues of:
Disaster preparedness activities also create unique opportunities for peers and peer run programs to build bridges and collaborate with other community based organization in the area.
Peers Supporting Peers
Ventura Fires- 1995
World Trade Center Tragedy- 2001
Survivors with trauma histories such as histories of physical and emotional abuse may be “re-traumatized” by the disaster
Many peers report histories of prior traumatization and this may impact on engagement strategies used by peersTrauma Informed Peer Disaster Support Services
These differences may be due to such things as:
How can “I” messages be helpful to you in you in your work as a counselor?
Handbook should include but not be limited to the following information:
FEMA, the Red Cross and other disaster
relief agencies also have resource
manuals and directories
Always call to confirm hours of operation and what documentation is need to receive services or support
Some suggested tools are:
Disaster support work is very demanding and challenging
Tips to assist you in maintaining your own recovery and to avoid the “burnout” that is frequently experienced by workers:
Wellness tip: Create your own Wellness and Recovery Action Plan
Integrating Peers in Disaster Planning, Preparedness and Disaster Service Delivery Activities
Warm Lines- Oklahoma and New York City
Benefits of FEMA Certification
Speak with Peer groups with previous experience
developing, implementing and evaluating peer disaster relief
initiatives and develop strategic plan addressing:
Identify key players and schedule meetings
Practice Your Presentation
Advocate, Advocate and Advocate
Peers have successfully leveraged the
opportunities created during disasters to: