Humanitarian Acupuncture for Disaster Relief and Trauma Recovery Efforts
Educational and Training Services
Please contact Steve Shomo at email@example.com for more information about our Humanitarian Acupuncture Trainings and Team Development
**Customized Training programs for your goup.
**Our efforts not only assist the victims of disasters and critical incidents, we focus on providing services and long-term care to the Emergency Responders and those assisting with the initial incident and the community recovery.
Steve Shomo has devoted his work and passion as a licensed acupuncturist and a wilderness first responder to the utilization of Acupuncture and Traditional Oriental Medicine in emergency management, disaster relief, trauma recovery, and global health. He has created, developed, researched, and implemented acupuncture protocols and treatments specifically for Emergency Responders (EMS, Fire, Law Enforcement, Dispatch, Emergency Management), Veterans and Active Military, dealing with Secondary Trauma & PTSD. He is a leading educator for Humanitarian and Global Health Acupuncture as well as working in the Emergency Response Network, both nationally and internationally. His mission is to provide quality, comprehensive, compassionate and innovative care to Emergency Responders and Humanitarian Workers struggling with alcohol and/or drug conditions, post traumatic stress, secondary trauma and mental/behavioral health issues. His focus is on the fact that long-term recovery is possible and empowering the individual, his/her family, and the community through the promotion of wellness of the body, mind, and spirit.
Humanitarian, Disaster Relief & Emergency Responder Acupuncture
According to ReliefWeb, between 1994 and 2013, EM-DAT recorded 6,873 natural disasters worldwide, which claimed 1.35 million lives or almost 68,000 lives on average each year. In addition, 218 million people were affected by natural disasters on average per annum during this 20-year period. In 2014, 324 triggered natural disasters were registered. It was the third lowest number of reported disasters in the last decade, below the annual average disaster frequency observed from 2004 to 2013 (384). However, natural disasters still killed 7,823, a number largely below the annual average for years 2004-2013 (99,820), and 140.8 million people become victims worldwide, also below the 2004-2013 annual average (199.2 million). Like the other indicators, economic damages from natural disasters, which are estimated at US$ 99.2 billion in 2014, show a decrease to below their decennial average of US $ 162.5 billion.
More importantly are the Mental and Emotional traumas suffered by those directly involved or those in the local community, like our First Responders. They dedicate their lives to our safety and well being, yet suffer behind the scenes by being exposed to traumas daily. Furthermore, with natural disaster and critical incidents, like shootings, happening more frequently, no one is unaffected by these events.