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Gina Nadel Disaster Final Paper After the Las Vegas Shooting disaster occurred, I began contemplating a proposal of what to do next as the disaster mental health expert being deployed to the site. Based on the disaster I have encountered here, at the Las Vegas Shooting, there are specific characteristics to account first and foremost. When considering a plan of action, I will initially take into account that this was a human-caused disaster therefore the event was intentionally planned and not accidental like a hurricane would have been. The perpetrator, Stephen Paddock purposely thought through a plan and took action intending to harm and kill others. As always in a time of a disaster occurrence, the victims will search for someone or something to blame in the situation that they were harmed in. In this specific scenario, the shooter killed himself by the end of the disaster as police found him. It can be difficult for the victims and families to put the blame on a dead man. Since he is no longer here with us, that also means he cannot “explain” or “pay for his crimes” in a jail cell or through punishment in general. Consequently, the families and survivors can never truly know why he committed the crimes he did and hurt all those innocent people that night. The surviving individuals and their loved ones will never be able to get closure, if that is what they believe in. Evidence that the authorities have or will find, will never be enough for the families left behind after this heinous crime to put their minds at ease. There will probably be a range of emotions flowing through the survivors and families involved in the disaster that occurred. It’s important for me to explain this to the people that I will bring with me to Vegas to help. Some may be confused about what happened, angry and want justice, have mistrust within the system now and claim that they do not want to go to Vegas or concerts again, and/or feel betrayed by society as a whole for “letting” this disaster occur.
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People may specifically feel anger and betrayal towards the shooter’s family and the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino’s staff members, for not seeing this coming and stopping him beforehand. More than just the people at the concert and their families may be effected by this event. First responders are highly likely to also be emotionally harmed, each in their own different yet similar ways depending on their processing of the situation. Most previous trainings have aided responders enough not to be detrimentally effected by any particular disaster occurrence, but since this was human caused, it can leave a much more harmful emotional scar than a natural disaster. This can be due to the difficult many might have with accepting that a person has intentionally caused this catastrophe. Group and talk therapy sessions with other responders from the disaster as well, may be a helpful process for my colleagues and I to administer to those that want it.
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