Disaster-specific Resources

This installment of the SAMHSA Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS) presents information specific to particular kinds of disasters, as well as general preparedness and response information. Topics covered include but are not limited to the following:

  • Information about a range of natural disasters (such as drought, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes) and human-caused disasters (such as mass violence, terrorism, and technological disasters)
  • General disaster preparedness and response

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A flood of emotions - North Dakota State University
This tip sheet discusses the emotions a survivor may feel after a flood, how they can cope with these emotions, how to help others deal with the same emotions, and how to help family members recover.
http://www.nd.gov/des/uploads/resources/305/a-flood-of-emotions.pdf

Active Shooter in a House of Worship - National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN)
This tip sheet provides prevention, preparedness, and proper conduct guidelines for religious leaders to use during an active shooter crisis. The sheet also includes information on how to help the congregation recover from such an event.
http://www.n-din.org/ndin_resources/tipsheets_v1208/07_NDIN_TS_ActiveShooter.pdf

Active shooter: How to respond - U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
This publication is designed to help community members feel more prepared for active shooter situations. The resource explains strategies for identifying an active shooter, responding when an active shooter is in the area, preparing for and managing an active shooter situation, recognizing potential workplace violence, and managing the consequences of an active shooter situation. Wallet card also available at http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/active_shooter_pocket_card.pdf
http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/active_shooter_booklet.pdf

After the earthquake: Helping young children heal - National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
This document informs parents of common child reactions to earthquakes and provides tips on supporting children after an earthquake. Also available in Japanese at http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/healing_the_young_children_after_the_disaster_japanese.pdf
http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/helping_young_children_heal_earthquake.pdf

After the fire: Your emotional and physical well-being - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
This tip sheet explains normal reactions to stress and includes steps an individual can take to cope with the stress and stay healthy even during the cleanup that follows a wildfire.
https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/wildfires/pdf/afterfire.pdf

After the tornado: Helping young children heal - National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
This tip sheet offers ways for parents to help their children heal after experiencing a tornado. It helps parents identify behaviors that may indicate trauma, and lists specific steps they can use to promote healing.
http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/helping_young_children_heal_tornado.pdf

After the tsunami: helping young children heal - National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
This document informs parents of common child reactions to tsunamis and provides tips on supporting children after a tsunami.
http://www.nctsnet.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/helping_young_children_heal_tsunami.pdf

Are you ready? An in-depth guide to citizen preparedness - U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS, FEMA)
This guide provides in-depth information on specific hazards, including what to do before, during, and after each hazard type.
http://www.fema.gov/pdf/areyouready/areyouready_full.pdf

Be Red Cross ready - American Red Cross
This fact sheet explains the three actions everyone can take to help make a difference in the event of a disaster.
http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4240190_Be_Red_Cross_Ready.pdf

Be Red Cross ready: Earthquake safety checklist - American Red Cross
This fact sheet provides information on earthquake preparedness, safety during an earthquake, and what to do after an earthquake. Available in French at http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4440195_Earthquakes_FR_final.pdf. Available in Haitian Creole at http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4540088_HT_FloodSafety_final.pdf
http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4240216_Earthquake.pdf

Be Red Cross ready: Flood safety checklist - American Red Cross
This fact sheet provides information on what to do before, during, and after a flood. Also available in Spanish at http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340130_Flood_SPN.pdf
http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340128_Flood.pdf

Be Red Cross ready: Hurricane safety checklist - American Red Cross
This tip sheet explains how to prepare for a hurricane and lists supplies to have on hand and steps to take after a hurricane. This tip sheet is also available in several languages other than English at http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster-safety-library.
http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340160_Hurricane.pdf

Be Red Cross ready: Pets and disaster safety checklist - American Red Cross
This tip sheet explains how to prepare for the care of pets during disasters and provides guidance on what to do during an actual disaster event. Also available in Spanish at http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4440125_PetSafety_SP_9_09.pdf
http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m3640126_PetSafety.pdf

Be Red Cross ready: Taking care of your emotional health after a disaster - American Red Cross
This fact sheet explains normal reactions to a disaster, what a survivor should do to cope, and where to seek additional help if needed.
http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4240142_EmotionalHealth.pdf

Be Red Cross ready: Tornado safety checklist - American Red Cross
This checklist offers preparedness ideas and safety concerns before, during, and after a tornado. Also available in Spanish at http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340170_Tornado_SPN.pdf
http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340177_Tornado.pdf

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Last Updated: 09/06/2017