Tips for Non- Muslim First Responders: Providing Crisis and Disaster Services to Muslims in Post 9/11 America
When disaster strikes first responders are most effective when they understand the dynamics of the communities in which they serve. American communities are anything but typical. In many cities people from a hundred cultures share the same social living area. Knowledge concerning the people in the community aids responders who contact culturally diverse homes often tasked with providing lifesaving human services delivery. The following tips are designed to aid first respondents, disaster counselors, and chaplains, in their job of providing human services especially in populations with high Muslim density. Remember in all circumstances the NIMS and ICS protocols, especially concerning, communication, representation, and decision making are our required standards.
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