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Disaster-Related Trauma: Preparedness, Response, Recovery and Resilience

Stephanie Duke, Karen Koski-Miller, Stefan Schulenberg, and Linda Anderson Stanley

Climate change contributes to the increase and severity of weather-related disasters as we continue to contend with severe snow and ice storms, heat waves, droughts, fires, floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes, devastating several states and territories across the nation. Concurrently, we are still facing the pandemic and other human made disasters forcing us to deal with the loss of loved ones, livelihoods, homes, neighborhoods and billions of dollars of damage and economic costs. In response, many disaster survivors and responders experience trauma or worsening of preexisting mental health conditions. 

During the session our panel of experts share best practices on how to prepare for, respond to, cope with, and manage this trauma. Panelists also discuss common reactions and responses to extraordinary situations, as well as how to promote and facilitate trauma awareness, educate communities on available resources, build resiliency, and advocate for inclusive preparedness for the whole community. This program is part of National Disaster Preparedness Month (September).

Note: The content of this program does not meet requirements for continuing legal education (CLE) accreditation. You will not receive CLE credit for participating.


  • Stephanie Duke, Staff Attorney and Disability Rights Texas and Vice-Director of Policy for ABA YLD Disaster Legal Services
  • Karen Koski-Miller, Disaster Mental Health Lead for American Red Cross
  • Stefan Schulenberg, Director of Clinical-Disaster Research Center at University Mississippi


  • Linda Anderson Stanley, Senior Manager of Disaster Programing at Equal Justice Works, Chair of ABA Standing Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness, Special Advisor to ABA YLD Disaster Legal Services


  • ABA YLD Disaster Legal Services Team