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Our Flagship Unit: the OKMRC Stress Response Team



The Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps Stress Response Team (OKMRC SRT) is a group of dedicated professionals with backgrounds in disaster health and mental health care. Our members include psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses, among others. The OKMRC SRT is an independent unit of the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps and was activated in the spring of 2009. The Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps Stress Response Team has been an officially recognized OKMRC Unit since May 2009.

The aim of this unique unit is to provide needed mental health related response services in the event of state, local and national disasters or other catastrophic events. More specifically, Stress Response Team members fill one (or more) of five roles when providing disaster psychosocial assistance. These are:

  • Stabilize or treat pre-existing and/or newly developed psychiatric conditions in disaster survivors,
  • Provide Psychological First Aid (PFA) to the acutely affected,
  • Provide mental health counseling and support to frontline responders,
  • Participate in multidisciplinary disaster health care teams, and
  • Help assess a community’s mental health needs post disaster so that appropriate programs can be developed and put in place.