Police Family Distraction Syndrome

Failure to Plan for Your Family’s Welfare in Disaster Can Create a Risk

By the way, write down phone numbers. On cell phone we punch a name and never think about the number. Have an important call list.

Families should also have a “go bag” with smaller amounts of items stored at home so if they must leave they will have supplies. It is also a good idea to keep a “go bag” in the car in case you are caught away from home.

While nothing will totally alleviate concern about our loved ones, by being prepared and knowing they can survive 3-7 days will remove a lot of anxiety. Frequently in disasters officers must stay on duty for extended periods of time without going home and if phones are down with out checking in. Knowing your family is prepared is extremely helpful.

It is also important for your family to be spiritually prepared. Bibles and other religious literature from your faith tradition will prove helpful in times of need.


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About The Author:

Chaplain Dave Fair is a former Board Member of the International Conference of Police Chaplains, where he served as Chair of the Education Committee. He is Chaplain Emeritus of the Brownwood (TX) Police Department. Fair is a member of the Board of Scientific and Professional Advisors of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, and has written numerous articles on Chaplaincy and Traumatic Stress. Chaplain Fair is President of the Police Crisis Coalition and President and CEO of Homeland Crisis Institute. A licensed peace officer, Chaplain Fair holds a Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling and Psychology from Bethel Bible College and Seminary, and a doctorate in Clinical Christian Counseling from Central Christian University. Dr. Fair is a member of the Curriculum Committee of the American Board of Certification in Homeland Security, as well as a member of the Commission on Forensic Education.

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