The Anthony “Tony” Canale Training Center will sponsor a training session today to help first responders better manage the emotional consequences and impact of storms and flooding.

Titled “Stress After the Storm: Before, During and After, in response to Hurricane Sandy,” the program will be presented by first responder and psycho-traumatology professionals, including Mark C. Johnston, in-service training program manager at the Atlantic County Police Training Center.

The program is in collaboration with the New Jersey Hope & Healing Project, a new grant program of the state Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services’ Disaster and Terrorism Branch, in partnership with The Mental Health Association in New Jersey, a news release said.

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The training addresses the aftermath or second injury of disasters, which can often be more destructive, insidious and longer-lasting than the event itself, Johnston said.

Emergency responders who attend will be briefed as to the cause, effect, costs, signs and symptoms of the most common first responder stresses, particularly critical incident and traumatic stress.

Using scenarios from Hurricane Sandy and other emergency events, practical responses, stress management strategies and psychological survival tips for peers, professionals, managers and leaders will be discussed.

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