Preparing Social Workers for Future Disasters

A seminar was held Friday to prepare social workers for future disasters like Hurricane Katrina. The meeting was held as part of National Professional Social Work Month.

During the meeting many aspects of social work are discussed, and at the meeting disaster relief was highlighted.

Social workers learned how to be better prepared for disasters and what to do when one strikes.

Friday's meeting prepares the workers for many different types of situations.

“Work with clients in disasters and with Red Cross workers after they work with and listen to sad stories of loss it takes a toll on them and they can become very stressed,” said Suzanne Geiger, a disaster mental health trainer.

Several community service awards were given out on Friday for help during Hurricane Katrina including First Church of the Nazarene, Westgate Church of Christ, and Calvary Baptist Church.