16 Nov 2018
- By Bryan Manabat – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
EMERGENCY responders are also lining up for assistance, according to Nadine C. Deleon Guerrero, external affairs officer for the CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
Like everyone else, many first responders were affected by Typhoon Yutu, she added.
“Our first responders, law enforcers and firefighters also need assistance, but a lot of them are not able to leave their posts because their first and foremost concern is making sure that the public is safe.”
Deleon Guerrero said counseling has been offered to emergency responders.
“We have been able to provide counseling. A lot of personnel assisting in the Yutu recovery efforts have also assisted in the recovery efforts during the aftermath of Soudelor in 2015.”
An in-house counselor is available for those who are experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD, Deleon Guerrero said.
“We are making sure that there is assistance for first responders who are undergoing PTSD,” she added.
Deleon Guerrero said they are also trying to ensure that the responders are provided the same assistance made available to other members of the community.
“Of course, it is on a first-come. first serve basis. They get in line like everyone else — no special treatment.”
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/108926-like-everyone-else-nmi-first-responders-line-up-for-assistance