Yotam Dagan leading an Israel Trauma Coalition workshop in Florida. Photo: courtesy

When 17 students and teachers were killed at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in one of the deadliest school shootings in US history, experts from the Israel Trauma Coalition arrived 10 days later to train 600 teachers, social workers, law enforcers, clergy and first responders in resiliency strategies.

Throughout 2018, the Israeli specialists in trauma response continued to offer resiliency training workshops for community leaders in Houston, after last year’s devastating Hurricane Harvey. They also flew to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the wake of the shooting at the synagogue which killed 11 on October 27, to provide training. Israeli aid organizations ZAKA Search and Rescue, United Hatzalah Psychotrauma & Crisis Unit, and Dream Doctors also provided assistance in Pittsburgh.