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People suffering from mental illnesses depend on custodians to take care of their needs. Therefore, it is the responsibility of disaster planners to ensure there is the immediate provision of medical services to patients with mental disorders. Notably, the severity of mental disorders varies; hence, emergency planners ought to know how to relate and handle patients with mental illnesses appropriately. It is prudent to teach disaster management staff how to identify and respond to patients with mental disorders to successfully evacuate them from hazardous areas. The disaster management team should train the public on how to help patients with mental disorders during a disaster. According to Miller (2012), building long-term care for psychiatric patients would help manage potential disorders and enable patients to recover fully.
Disastrous events cannot always be anticipated, and a majority of them cannot be controlled; for instance, natural disasters. Notably, when there is a catastrophe, evacuation teams usually focus on rescuing the elderly, children, and persons living with physical disabilities. As a result, a majority of them do not know how to identify patients with mental illnesses. Emergency responders are not able to identify the unique needs of people with mental disorders before and during disasters. Subsequently, it difficult for them to know who qualifies to receive mental health services because the national guidelines are often misinterpreted. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is precise regarding the procedures that should be followed during the provision of recovery and counseling services. Precisely, the agency discourages prolonged psychotherapy programs. Therefore, during a disaster, emergency planners are not able to fulfill the needs of psychiatric patients due to limited resources (Leinhos & Williams-Johnson 2014).
Leinhos, M., Qari, S. H., & Williams-Johnson, M. (2014). Preparedness and emergency response research centers: using a public health systems approach to improve all-hazards preparedness and response.
Miller, J. L. (2012). Psychosocial Capacity Building in Response to Disasters.