Category Archives: Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit

Helping Hurricane Ian Survivors Choose To Tell A Positive Story – One Social Worker’s First-Hand Account of Treating Survivors in Fort Meyers

By Hadas Rucham,  Arriving in Fort Myers after a long day of traveling, we met with local authorities to identify communities where our expertise in the field of psychological first aid and emotional stabilization could be of greatest use.   We … Continue reading

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Finding Strength After the Storm – Israeli Clinical Psychologist Discusses Aiding Evacuees In Fort Meyers In Wake of Hurricane Ian

– By Dr. Sharon Slater On our first day in Florida, we visited a shelter for people who had lost their houses due to the hurricane. Most of them were elderly, but there were also some young families and a … Continue reading

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United Hatzalah Sends Relief Mission To Florida In Response To Hurricane Ian

Just over a week after United Hatzalah sent a mission to Puerto Rico to assist with Hurricane Fiona, the organization dispatched a second relief team, this time to assist in Florida following the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian. “This is … Continue reading

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Helping Others Learn How To Help Themselves

By Avishai Levkovitz My name is Avishai Levkovitz and I am a social worker. I have been volunteering with United Hatzalah as part of the Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit (PCRU) for a short time now and I was asked … Continue reading

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After the Rains Come

By Gaby Hilkowitz Rurka There is a lot of emotional and psychological trauma currently in Puerto Rico. A lot of it dates back to Hurricane Maria which took place in 2017 when large parts of the island were devastated by … Continue reading

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The Loss Here Is Real – A Psychologist First Responder In Puerto Rico Speaks About The Devastation Following Hurricane Fiona

By Kamila Forkosh-Lavan My name’s Kamila Forkosh – Lavan, and I’m a practicing psychologist from Jerusalem. I volunteer with United Hatzalah of Israel’s Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit, a unit that provides psychological first aid for people suffering from mental … Continue reading

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In Wake of Hurricane Fiona- Combined Israeli-U.S. Volunteer Aid Group Becomes A Force Multiplier of Human Intervention in Puerto Rico

On Friday, September 23rd, a team of seven first responders and mental health experts arrived in San Juan to assist residents in the country find relief in the wake of Hurricane Fiona. The battered residents, particularly in the southwestern side … Continue reading

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Israeli Delegation Departs To Puerto Rico To Offer Psychological and Medical Aid In Wake of Hurricane Fiona

Early Thursday morning, a delegation of medical and psychological experts from the emergency medical service (EMS) organization United Hatzalah, departed from Israel en route to Puerto Rico. The team, which is comprised of four members of the Psychotrauma and Crisis … Continue reading

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“Direct Missile Strike” – Mass Casualty Incident Training Drill Held By United Hatzalah and IDF in Kibbutz Kvutzat Yavneh

“Direct Missile Strike!” – On Monday evening that was the emergency alert received by dozens of first responders in the region of Kvutzat Yavneh as part of the joint training drill that was conducted by United Hatzalah and the IDF. … Continue reading

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Man Suffering Severe Hypoglycemia Successfully Treated By United Hatzalah EMT During 20-Minute-Long Wait For Ambulance

Jeremie Korchia, a volunteer EMT with United Hatzalah, was working from his home in Holon last Thursday afternoon when he was alerted to a man suffering from a case of severe hypoglycemia (dangerously low-blood sugar) in his neighborhood. He jumped … Continue reading

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