Understanding how victims respond during a disaster

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In the past decade, more than 650 major disaster declarations and 190 emergency declarations were made that disrupted the lives of Americans and tragically affected the communities where they live and work (FEMA, 2013). During disasters, the compassion and generosity of volunteers is demonstrated time and again. However, in order to provide adequate assistance, volunteers need to understand the emotional stages that victims experience during, and following, a disaster. This practice is excerpted, with permission, from Louisiana State University's website.

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