Israel Rescue Coalition Sends Psychotrauma Crisis and Response Unit to Houston

United Hatzalah’s Israel Rescue Coalition sent volunteers of the Psychotrauma Crisis and Response Unit to Houston, Texas to aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. This rescue mission was remarkable with its rapid response and thereby given a lot of coverage in the news. The live story was covered by (including, but not limited to) YWN, Matzav, The Jewish Star, The Jewish Press, Jerusalem Post, EMS world, The Jewish Journal, Forward,  and other local community websites such as in Baltimore, Texas, Arizona, Seattle, and NY. 

Click here to read the first article that was published by Jerusalem Post. 

When asked what was most needed in Houston, the Israel Rescue Coalition was told that psychological and emotional assistance was a top priority. The Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit deals with situations where victims need emotional support — what United Hatzalah calls “psychological first-aid.” Miriam Ballin, the director of the Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit, is a Houston-native and is leading the mission. United Hatzalah sent the rapid response Trauma Unit volunteer medics to Houston on Wednesday night after the Hurricane hit.  The team of Israeli mental health professionals arrived in Houston on Thursday morning to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.

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