Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell are just stellar people. They recently wrote to offer helps for those headed to Haiti or Chili to help with disaster relief. For example, for more on the handling the broad-scaled logistics in Haiti, they suggested we direct readers to…

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8466595.stm

They also suggested an even broader perspective from the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs at…

http://ochaonline.un.org/ocha2010/

OCHA set these as core goals:

*** Alleviate human suffering

*** Advocate for the rights of people in need;

*** Prompt preparedness and prevention;

*** Facilitate sustainable solutions

Next, Kelly and Michèle tipped us off about an entire library of information offered by the World Health Organization (WHO) at the longest URL that I’ve ever seen – bar none. There’s just no use pasting it here. You absolutely have to go to our site at…

https://brigada.org

then find this item and click on the link. It’s the only sane way to handle it. But the site is great, once you’re there. In fact, it’s probably the most complete electronic information resource on public health for emergency preparedness and response and complex emergencies in the world. For example, check out their free 74-page guide on Best Practices for offering Psychological Support to those who are victims of trauma. (Again, the URL is the size of Australia. Please just go to the Brigada site to click on it.)

The O’Donnells also recommended “Caring for Yourself and Others” by Mental Health Workers Without Borders, available as a free download at

http://mhwwb.org/disasters.htm

and the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings, available at…

http://www.who.int/hac/network/interagency/news/mental_health_guidelines/en/

(Note that this link will ‘wrap’. If you have trouble assembling it, just go to our Brigada site and click on it there.)

We’re grateful to Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell for sharing these resources. Kelly and Michèle are widely thought of as among the most respected member care specialists on the planet. Learn more about their ministries at…

http://www.MemberCareAssociates.org

Thanks Kelly and Michèle!

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