"First responders must work together to help individuals in the aftermath of a disaster. This cooperation is often a community's first step towards repair. By providing direction, protection, treatment, and security first responders help the affected population 'rebuild community. Katrina has destroyed cities, towns, and neighborhoods. Thousands of people are displaced, and must now live in crowded conditions. The recovery effort will require communities to work with local first responders, with first responders who arrive from afar, and with other agencies and communities at distant locations. All first responders bring to the relief efforts their unique training and skills. The ideas listed below will help first responders of all job-types work most effectively with each other and the communities they assist."
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress: http://www.centerforthestudyoftraumaticstress.org