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Approach to Disaster Area
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Your Conduct in the Disaster Area

1)First thing to Do in the Disaster Area

(1)When you reach the disaster area, register yourself to the volunteer center

(2)Check or buy volunteer insurance

(3)Wear a name tag or some other item that identifies you by name

(4)Introduce yourself as a nurse

(5)Express words of sympathy for the local people

2)How to Act and Behave

(1)Work with local people

prefecture public health nurse, municipal public health nurse, local leaders, general local volunteers, etc.

(2)To ensure your own security, work with two or more members

(3)To ensure a sense of security on the part of disaster victims, develop a system to send the same nurse to the same disaster victim, if possible

(4)Discuss with a local contact person (e.g., leader of the residents’ association) and build good relations with him/her

(5)Provide care in cooperation with the first-aid station and the medical team

(6)Team up with local organizations (residents’ association, women’s association, youth association) in conducting activities

(7)Work with the local public health nurses

(8)Hold and participate in conferences (participants: government officials, general volunteers, etc.)

Conferences provide opportunities to share information and to make sure the courses of activities should proceed to confirm how to work
Conferences also provide opportunities for local supporters and outside supporters to debrief each other

(9)Record consciously and leave it to the disaster area for needs collection and continuation support of disaster victims

(10)Hand over your work for continuous support

3)Attitude and Preparedness

(1)Provide information about victim support service after having confirmed accuracy

(2)In conducting activities, understand the characteristics of the disaster victim’s psychological recovery process

(3)Positive actions, go out and provide support to those in need

(4)Focus on immediate needs of disaster victims when you listen to what they have to say and support them

(5)Modify your role flexibly to cope with changing situations and needs

(6)Remember that what you want to do for disaster victims is not always what they need

(7)Supporters should not criticize local supporters

4)Care of Yourself

(1)Secure your own personal safety

(2)Mind to control yourself. Volunteer nurses tend to overwork themselves due to the emotional uplift

(3)A limit of activity is around 1 week because there are your fatigue and relations with local peoples

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