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COVID-19 Stress and Coping

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The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger...

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COVID-19 Caring for Someone at Home

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Most people who get sick with COVID-19 will have only mild illness and should recover at home.* Care at home can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and help protect people who are at risk for getting seriously ill from COVID-19...

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COVID-19 How to Protect Yourself

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There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).  The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.  The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.  Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).  Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.  These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs...

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When Helping Hurts: Trauma's Effects on First Responders

When Helping Hurts: Trauma's Effects on First Responders

Laura Reagan

Fred is a 40-year-old firefighter who has been working as a first responder for more than 15 years. In his first year as a firefighter, he arrived at a car accident in which three children were killed. Since then, he has been among the first to respond to the scenes of countless injuries and dozens of deaths.

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What Does Sacrifice Look Like?

What Does Sacrifice Look Like?

Didymus McHugh

There are many ways of sacrifice and for different reasons.  When we join the fire service, we do not know all the sacrifice that we will be making. We sacrifice our time going to classes, time away from our loved ones, when we are on duty or get called in for extra duty of filling in for someone that banged out sick. We sacrifice money to help those in need, our talents helping rebuild communities that have been affected by fire or disasters that we have responded to.

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Army Reserve paratrooper helps raise awareness of PTSD, suicide

Army Reserve paratrooper helps raise awareness of PTSD, suicide

Master Sgt. Mark Bell

During a lunch break while sitting in her car, Bell, a single mother of a 15-month old daughter, turned to Facebook to learn more about "Scattering CJ."  CJ Twomey, a former member of the Air Force from Maine, committed suicide in April 2010.

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9 Sources of Firefighter Stress

by Linda Willing

When I read the recent article that declared firefighting to be the most stressful job in the United States, I remembered a conversation I had long ago with a friend who was a paramedic with the private ambulance service in town.

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Supporting First Responders to Children's Trauma

Mary L. Pulido

As the reports from the tragic school shooting in Newton, Conn., poured in, I listened non-stop and like others, tried to make sense of a senseless act of cruelty and horror. I was relieved to learn that my young nieces in Newtown were safe. I was devastated for those who lost their loved ones. As a first responder in the field of child abuse for over two decades, my heart also went out to those police, EMT's, teachers, firemen and medical personnel who had to deal with the horrific murder scene of innocent children and adults, their grieving families and the panicked surviving students. Later that evening, the news reported that those first responders were also receiving counseling services. I was relieved; the psychological and emotional impact of trauma on the "first responders" should never be under-estimated.

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Emergency Preparedness: Wireless Tips to Help You Stay Connected

by Michael Murphy

Any time of year can bring unexpected weather. At best, those events inconvenience citizens and at worst, they can become life-threatening situations.

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Helping Children Through Crisis and Trauma 7 Keys to Resilience

Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A.

One of the most common questions during the crisis response trainings I teach is how to tell children about traumatic events.  Parents, grandparents, teachers and anyone who has a child in their life has probably struggled with how and what to tell that child when something tragic happens.

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