Following the recent school shooting in Parkland FL, Yotam Dagan had a particular concern: how would student at Stoneman Douglas High School react to the next fire drill? The Israeli clinical psychologist and former Israeli special forces member realized the shooter had pulled the fire alarm to empty classrooms.
According to CNN, Dagan said:
“If it’s just done without any early preparation or warning, the sound of the bell is going to reactivate the traumatic response….There are going to be meltdowns. There are going to be panic attacks.”
So, Dagan and fellow psychologist Alan Cohen hopped on a plane and flew to Florida. “It’s not as if Israel knows anything America doesn’t. But we have a lot more practical experience in putting them into a coherent program.” Indeed, as members of the Israel Trauma Coalition, they have experience in providing trauma counseling following terrorist activity in Israel and around the world, as well as assistance following natural disasters worldwide.
They are also experts in identifying those in need of trauma assistance, and brought their expertise to those impacted, as well as to community leaders who are in position to provide resources to those in need.
I am reminded once again of the Israeli commitment to tikkun olam…making the world a better place. Consistently, Israel is one of the first on scene anywhere in the world when assistance is needed. Praise God for their tikkun olam commitment…and may we learn from their faithfulness.