In the Wake of Disaster Religious Responses to Terrorism and Catastrophe

ISBN-10: 1932031995
ISBN-13: 9781932031997
Edition: 2006
Authors: Harold G. Koenig
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Templeton Press
Publication date: 6/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

In a timely book with a powerful and persuasive message Dr. Harold G. Koenig addresses federal state and local government policy leaders urging them to more fully integrate religious organizations into the formal disaster response system and he then provides recommendations on how this can effectively be done. Koenig also advocates faith communities and organizations to learn more about the role they can play in responding to disasters and terrorism.The chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina made extraordinarily clear the gaps in the United States disaster policies. At the same time the contributions of organized faith communities were highlights amidst the bungled federal state and local responses. One example is the New York Times September 9 2005 headline A New Meaning for Organized Religion It Helps the Needy Quickly. But as faithbased organizations look for ways to help there are few if any guidelines for them.This book provides information on the psychological social and spiritual responses to trauma. It addresses how the emergency response system works and the role that religious communities can play in disaster response and recovery in terms of providing emotional and spiritual care for victims. It advocates integrating mental health into emergency response systems directed at those affected by hurricanes floods earthquakes and terrorism. The aim is to help victims of disaster to better cope with the stresses they face as well as help direct care workers firefighters police health care providers etc. to deal better emotionally with the trauma to which they are exposed so they can remain effective and functional on the job explains Dr. Koenig whose research on the healing powerof faith has been published worldwide.Increasing the resiliency of our communities in the face of disaster is crucial. Religious communities have tremendous potential to contribute to this. Here are guidelines on how to do that more effectively alongside data on how to facilitate the integration of these contributions with the formal disasterresponse system.

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