What We Do
SRT, Inc. provides training to corporate, government, and educational clients in the area of health and behavioral health disaster preparedness. We also train, supply, and lead units of licensed health and mental health care disaster volunteers in the acute aftermath of disasters, be they man-made or natural.
Disasters & Behavioral Health
The psychological impact of disaster on survivors and communities is just as great, if not greater, than the medical impact. Exposure to disaster, terrorism, and post-event adversities is often accompanied by a loss of hope. Furthermore, since disasters are confusing, disorienting, and overwhelming, survivors are at risk for losing their sense of competence. Thus, in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, providing survivors with practical information and guidance can significantly help relieve stress and thus aid survivor resilience and recovery.
The recommended procedure to be used with disaster survivors is termed Psychological First Aid (PFA). PFA is an evidence-informed modular intervention methodology developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the National Center for PTSD. Psychological First Aid intervention is intended to assist children, adolescents, adults and families in coping with the stress they experience following a catastrophic event, and to help foster adaptive functioning. This technique is being adapted and taught by numerous organizations, including the American Red Cross, the Medical Reserve Corps, and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
PFA is made up of eight core actions. These are:
- Contact & Engagement
- Safety & Comfort
- Information Gathering
- Practical Assistance
- Connection with Social Supports
- Information on Coping
- Linkage with Collaborative Services
Over the last ten years, members of SRT, Inc. have trained over a thousand disaster volunteers in this technique.
Learn more about disaster psychology, stress reactions and strategies for working with people under pressure during a disaster, including the needs of disaster workers, by watching this FEMA-produced video.
Training & Readiness
SRT, Inc. has sponsored, designed, and provided numerous unique disaster training curriculum for health and mental health care professionals, as well as concerned citizens. These include training in:
- Psychological First Aid
- Peer Crisis Response Team Building
- Disaster Team Leader Training
Individual participants and organizations trained have included licensed health and mental health care professionals, first responders, military personnel, schools and universities, state and federal agencies, hospital personnel, law enforcement, and clergy. For example, in 2013 SRT, Inc. received a grant from the Oklahoma Department of Homeland Security to train school Peer Crisis Response Teams. In 2014 and 2015 SRT, Inc. received a grant from AmeriCares to train disaster team leaders. In 2016 SRT, Inc. received a grant from the National Association of County & City Health Officials to train disaster health and mental health care professionals in FEMA Region VI, which includes Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.
SRT, Inc. stands ready to provide any organization with the training it requires in the area of crisis preparedness and behavioral health. Contact us with your needs and let us help you.
Disaster & Crisis Response
Relying solely upon funds obtained via grants and donations, SRT, Inc. trains and equips the more than 400 volunteers of the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps Stress Response Team. This team has deployed in numerous instances since its founding, including the 2012 Oklahoma wildfires, the 2013 Moore tornado, and the 2015 Tulsa and Oklahoma City tornado outbreak. Likewise, solely through grants and donations, SRT, Inc. has trained and equipped numerous school Peer Crisis Response Teams in Oklahoma. Examples of equipment and supplies provided by SRT, Inc. to its volunteers and others include EMT quality first aid kits, mobile FRS/GSM-R radios, iPads, amateur radio service radio transceivers, vests, and portable, battery operated canon printers.
The OKMRC Stress Response Team is deployed multiple times each year and its members constantly require equipment, supplies, and yearly training. Our funding relies solely upon donations and grants. Please consider helping.
SRT, Inc. board members have demonstrated a commitment to public service in many ways, one of which is scholarly research and writing. These disaster-related articles are now being collected and made available on this page. Subjects will be wide ranging and include legal and scientific topics all authored by and related to the work of SRT members.
Practical Legal and Ethical Considerations for the Provision of Acute Disaster Mental Health Services
(PDF, 124KB) John A. Call, et al
Rescue Workers and Project Heartland: Disaster Mental Health Lessons Learned from the Oklahoma City Bombing
(PDF, 94KB), John A. Call, et al
UCO Nursing Students and Faculty Respond to May Tornados 2013
Traumatic Grief in Victims of a Terrorist Incident
(PDF, 76KB) John A. Call, et al
Oklahoma’s Mental Health Response to the 1995 Bombing: Project Heartland—The First Two Years
(PDF, 34KB) John A. Call
Post-Traumatic Stress and Grief in Victims of a Terrorist Incident
(PDF, 47KB) John A. Call, et al
U.S. Map of Active Disasters
Information is one of the first steps of crisis management. Keep abreast of what’s happening via the interactive map below. We will also keep our followers informed if and when we deploy.