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Hurricane Information and Resources

  How to Get Help

  Students who have academic issues related to Hurricane Katrina should contact their academic deans.

University of South Alabama Hurricane Katrina Bulletin Board

  (this bulletin board is administered by Jason Smith, USA College of Arts & Sciences)
  Helping: Contact Information

Bay Area Food Bank: 251-653-1617

  Habitat for Humanity Hurricane Recovery Effort
  Points of Light
  Red Cross: 800/HELP-NOW
  Salvation Army: 800-SAL-ARMY
  Coping With Disaster
  (Provided by Counselor Education Faculty from Department of Professional Studies)
  As part of the human family, each of us is impacted by the disastrous consequences of Katrina. As faculty in the midst of this nature-induced trauma, we must take care of ourselves and be available to students we have in our temporary care. It is normal in this abnormal situation to have strong feelings and reactions to events and behaviors. This is as true of faculty as it is of students.
  Knowledge is a powerful tool. Faculty may observe some students exhibiting normal responses to trauma or other students exhibiting severe psychological distress as a result of their exposure to recent events. Following are resources that offer trauma-related information. If a faculty member witnesses severe distress in a student, a referral may need to be considered to a mental health professional. As a reminder, University Counseling Services (251-460-7051) offers free counseling to students, faculty and staff.
  American Psychiatric Association
"Biological Responses to Disasters" by Shalev, A.Y.
  Anger and Trauma
  The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
"In the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina" by Lerner, Mark D.
  Department of Veterans Affairs
"Effects of Traumatic Stress in A Disaster Situation"
  Department of Veterans Affairs
"Natural Disaster: Devastating Effects of Hurricane Katrina"



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