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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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.

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.

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

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_c...

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.

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.

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.

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.

American Red Cross

This fact sheet provides information on earthquake preparedness, safety during an earthquake, and what to do after an earthquake. It is available in French at https://www.redcross.org/content/dam/redcross/atg/PDF_s/Preparedness___Disaster_Recovery/Disaster_Preparedness/Earthquake/Earthquakes_FR_final.pdf. A version in Haitian Creole is also available at https://www.redcross.org/content/dam/redcross/atg/PDF_s/Preparedness___Disaster_Recovery/Disaster_Preparedness/Earthquake/HT_Earthquakes_final.pdf.

American Red Cross

This fact sheet provides information on what to do before, during, and after a flood. It is also available in Spanish at https://www.redcross.org/content/dam/redcross/atg/PDF_s/Preparedness___Disaster_Recovery/Disaster_Preparedness/Flood/Flood_SPN.pdf.

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.

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.

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.

American Red Cross

This checklist offers preparedness ideas and safety concerns before, during, and after a tornado.

American Red Cross

This fact sheet provides information on how to prepare for a wildfire.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This website explains actions the general public can take to remain safe and healthy in the event of an earthquake.

Environmental Health Perspectives

This article examines the social and psychological consequences of exposure to the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident. Based on findings from a literature review and consultation with experts, the authors describe the different approaches used by mental health professionals in the former Soviet Union and in the West to classify distress and disorders and design treatment programs. The article also provides recommendations for bridging these gaps.

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (USUHS, CSTS)

The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress is dedicated to advancing trauma-informed knowledge, leadership, and methodologies. The Center's work addresses a wide scope of trauma exposure from the consequences of combat, operations other than war, terrorism, natural and human-caused disasters, and public health threats.

Center for Technology and National Security Policy, National Defense University

This chart offers information on various types of responses for biological, chemical, or "dirty bomb" incidents.

Prince William Sound Regional Citizens' Advisory Council

This web page addresses some of the mental health issues that were experienced following the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill off the coast of Alaska in 1989. The page also offers the DVD training course "Coping with Technological Disasters: Peer Listener Training."

Prince William Sound Regional Citizens' Advisory Council

This guidebook helps community officials and individuals throughout a region affected by a technological disaster recognize, identify, and mitigate the adverse psychological effects associated with these events. Included are culturally appropriate outreach and community healing strategies.

Prince William Sound Regional Citizens' Advisory Council

The appendices are a companion document to Coping with Technological Disasters: A User Friendly Guidebook. This document includes community surveys, newspaper articles, in-service training, information directories, and reports.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

This USDA web page offers information on how to get the resources needed to help farmers, other small businesses, and communities during droughts and other disasters.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS, SAMHSA)

The Rural Populations DBHIS installment presents information unique to rural communities that should be considered in the development and implementation of behavioral health preparedness and response plans.

Disaster Response and Resilience Research Group, University of Western Sydney (Australia)

This manual provides a thorough overview of disasters, their mental health impact on society, and how to prepare a disaster behavioral health response.

American Red Cross

This web page provides information on the different types of drought and how to conserve water.

eXtension.org: America's Research-Based Learning Network

This website offers an interactive learning environment that connects knowledge consumers with knowledge providers. It includes a list of resources on how all areas of the farming community can be affected by the drought.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS, FEMA)

This booklet is designed to help the public plan for and survive a major earthquake.

World Health Organization (WHO)

The World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. This web page offers information on earthquakes and response.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Center for PTSD (VA, PTSD)

This page describes the effects of disasters, what might put people at higher risk of having negative mental health outcomes, and what kinds of things help people to recover more easily and quickly.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC earthquake page contains helpful information and resources on earthquake preparedness, surviving during an earthquake, and what happens after an earthquake.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This wallet card can be completed by parents and caregivers. The card contains space for entering vital information that is necessary during emergencies. This document is also available in other languages at http://www.nctsn.org/resources/public-awareness/national-preparedness-mo...

National Child Traumatic Stress Network, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCTSN, NCCTS)

This document helps families prepare for a disaster or other emergency. It reviews information families should know before an emergency, such as the location of evacuation routes. It also helps families create an emergency plan and a family communication plan. It is also available in Armenian at https://www.nctsn.org/resources/family-preparedness-thinking-ahead-armenian, Korean at https://www.nctsn.org/resources/family-preparedness-thinking-ahead-korean, Russian at https://www.nctsn.org/resources/family-preparedness-thinking-ahead-russian, Spanish at https://www.nctsn.org/resources/preparacion-familiar-como-tomar-previsiones, and Vietnamese at https://www.nctsn.org/resources/family-preparedness-thinking-ahead-vietn....

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS, FEMA)

This webpage offers information on how to prepare for a flood and what to do during and after a flood. It also offers information about the National Flood Insurance Program and has an outreach toolkit for community leaders.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS, FEMA)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) National Flood Insurance Program is a federal program enabling property owners in participating communities to purchase insurance as a protection against flood losses in exchange for state and community floodplain management regulations that reduce future flood damages.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

This website contains helpful information and updates on current influenza and pandemic influenza incidents and how to stay healthy.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This tip sheet offers ways for children to help themselves and others recover from emotional reactions after a tornado.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This tip sheet offers children ways to cope with their feelings right after a tornado.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This tip sheet offers ways for teens to help themselves and others recover from emotional reactions after a tornado.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This tip sheet offers teens ways to cope with their feelings right after a tornado.

American Psychological Association (APA)

This fact sheet for mental health professionals who work with adults is designed to assist in fostering adults' resilience in response to terrorism.

American Psychological Association (APA)

This is an fact sheet designed for mental health professionals who work with older adults to assist in fostering resilience in response to terrorism. [Authors: Zeiss, A. M., Cook, J. M., and Cantor, D. W.]

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This informational packet discusses how to interact with children or teens who have lost a loved one in an earthquake. It includes common reactions, the grieving process, and signs that suggest a youth is having difficulty coping with traumatic grief.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This guidance helps school personnel provide support to children and teens who are experiencing traumatic grief after losing a loved one in an earthquake.

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

This tip sheet discusses what parents and teachers can do to help children cope after a wildfire.

North Dakota State University

This tip sheet offers advice to parents on how to help their children deal with the emotions after a flood and when to seek professional help.

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Terrorism and Disaster Center

This 9-page fact sheet describes the effects that media coverage of a disaster may have on children and adolescents and presents strategies for parents to manage their children's media exposure and support their children in coping with their emotions. Tips are also provided for parents to help children develop strong coping skills. [Authors: Houston, J. B., Rosenholtz, C. E., and Weisbrod, J. L.]

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS, FEMA)

A product of FEMA's America's PrepareAthon! campaign, this booklet provides an overview of hurricanes, lists steps to take to prepare for a hurricane, and suggests ways to stay safe during and after a hurricane.

WBUR's CommonHealth: Reform and Reality

This article discusses how children may react to traumatic events with information specific to the Boston Marathon bombing in this case and what parents and caregivers can do to help them cope with these events.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS, FEMA)

This site describes hurricanes and what to expect and provides links to information about what to do before, during, and after natural disasters.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS, SAMHSA)

This site provides information about what to expect in a hurricane and signs of emotional distress. It also explains how to reach the Disaster Distress Helpline (call 800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs for English or Hablanos for Spanish to 66746) for immediate crisis counseling.

Trust for America's Health

This brochure highlights differences between annual and pandemic flu and provides information on what community and faith-based organizations can do to prepare for and respond to the needs of the communities they serve.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This fact sheet provides tips on how to remain safe and healthy in the event of a flood.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This fact sheet provides tips on how to remain safe and healthy after a hurricane or a flood. It focuses on prevention of foodborne illness, as well as prevention and treatment of illness from other sources and of injuries that become more likely after a hurricane or flood.

Colorado State University Extension

This tip sheet discusses ways to cope with the psychological effects of a drought and the difficult decisions it can cause and provides guidance in family decision-making related to drought.

American Psychological Association (APA)

This tip sheet provides simple and effective ways to strengthen resilience and thereby manage flood-related stress.

Colorado State University Extension

This tip sheet discusses the mental health effects of drought on Rural Populations DBHIS.

American Psychological Association (APA)

This web page offers information for the general public on how to manage traumatic stress after a tornado.

American Psychological Association (APA)

This tip sheet provides guidance on coping with stress for family and friends of those living in areas affected by an earthquake.

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)

This resource describes what survivors might expect after experiencing a trauma or disaster, and offers strategies to achieve the best possible recovery from disaster stress. It also identifies warning signs for when to seek professional help.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS, SAMHSA)

This training manual contains the basics of what mental health providers, crime victim assistance professionals, and faith-based counselors need to know to provide appropriate mental health support following incidents involving criminal mass victimization. The manual is primarily for mental health professionals, yet all service providers will find much of the material to be useful.

Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) (DOJ)

Through its website, the OVC TTAC makes available training and technical assistance materials for victim service providers and others who serve crime victims. The Center also assesses the needs of organizations and develops training, technical assistance, and peer support offerings to meet those needs. It works to build the capacity of victim assistance organizations across the country. http://www.ovcttac.gov

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime (DOJ, OJP, OVC)

OVC is committed to enhancing the nation's capacity to assist crime victims and to providing leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This fact sheet provides information about the impact of flu on families and the community, as well as guidance in preparing for, coping with the stress of, helping children cope with, coping with grief from loss during, and recovering from pandemic influenza.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

This resource provides a list of things to do in preparation for a pandemic flu.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This tip sheet offers parents guidance on helping their children after a tornado. It describes how tornadoes often affect families and children, common reactions children may have, and how parents can help their children. The tip sheet also provides self-care tips for parents after a tornado.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This guidance informs parents of common child reactions to earthquakes and provides tips on supporting children after an earthquake. Also available in Haitian Creole at https://www.nctsn.org/resources/konsey-pou-paran-ka-ede-timoun-yo-apre-yon-tranbleman-te.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This guide explains how parents can help children recover after a wildfire. Also available in Spanish at http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/parents_wildfires_s...

American Red Cross

This guide offers information on preparing for a variety of family challenges, from the influenza virus to natural disasters.

American Psychological Association (APA)

This web page explains ways to reduce stress and anxiety about avian flu. Also available in Spanish at http://www.apa.org/centrodeapoyo/gripe-aviar.aspx

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (USUHS, CSTS)

This fact sheet offers information on triage, early psychological interventions, and patient education to help disaster responders help themselves, colleagues, and survivors of a radiological incident.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (HHS, CDC)

This online training is designed for public health officials, planners, clinicians, mental health professionals, educators, and others involved in planning for response to mass casualty radiation emergencies. The course defines radiation disasters, describes the role of public health and the public health community, identifies the unique psychological effects of these disasters, and presents skills and techniques for performing psychological first aid. Additional related courses are available at https://emergency.cdc.gov/radiation/training.asp.

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (USUHS, CSTS)

This brief tip sheet provides an overview of Psychological First Aid (PFA), an approach to assisting disaster survivors in meeting their needs. It presents key principles of PFA and then lists dos and don'ts in keeping with the approach to help survivors to reconnect with important people in their lives, activate their resilience, and move toward greater adjustment and well-being after a disaster. Also available in Chinese at https://www.cstsonline.org/resources/resource-master-list/psychological-....

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This document provides an overview of expected psychological and physical responses among survivors of a tsunami and ways to cope. Also available in a brief handout at http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/psyc_impact_tsunami...

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (DO NOT USE; USE ENTRY WITH ACRONYM)

This fact sheet lists questions that parents can ask their children after a tornado to assess for exposure to distressing situations during and after the event. It also describes behaviors to look out for in children and ways to help them cope.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (HHS, CDC)

This website section includes information that can help emergency services physicians and nurses manage patients and understand and treat injuries after radiation emergencies.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

This website provides guidance and information for health care providers, primarily physicians, on how to respond to a radiation event. It also offers information for first responders.

American Psychological Association (APA)

This web page offers tips on how to help the whole family recover after a wildfire and when to seek professional help.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

NCTSN is a unique collaboration with a mission to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for traumatized children and their families. Its tsunami recovery page is designed to assist parents and families after a tsunami.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is a unique collaboration with a mission to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for traumatized children and their families. Its earthquake recovery page is designed to assist parents and families after an earthquake.

American Psychological Association (APA)

Defines resilience for trauma survivors and provides strategies for developing resilience in the wake of a hurricane.

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

This web site provides information about various child issues and reactions that may be associated with specific disasters, including wildfires. It provides instruction on how a school crisis team should respond immediately after a disaster. [Authors: Lazarus, P. J., Jimerson, S. R., and Brock, S. E. ]

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

This booklet describes the relationship between the Office for Victims of Crime and the American Red Cross and provides guidance about the potential needs of crime victims, their rights and how to assist victims of terrorism and mass violence crime specifically. The pamphlet provides a comparison of how natural disasters are similar to and different from disasters caused by criminal human behavior and notes the psychological effects of each.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS, SAMHSA)

The Disaster Distress Helpline is the nation's first hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling. The toll-free helpline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This free, confidential, and multilingual crisis support service is available via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text "TalkWithUs" to 66746) to U.S. residents who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of a natural or human-caused disaster. The helpline's website provides information on disaster distress in addition to a brochure and wallet card.

American Psychological Association (APA)

This tip sheet provides simple and effective ways to manage flood-related fears and anxiety.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS, SAMHSA)

Established by Congress in 1992 and part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, SAMHSA is charged with reducing the impact of substance abuse and mental illness in the United States.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS, SAMHSA)

SAMHSA's Coping with Disasters and Traumatic Events webpage provides a wealth of resources that can be adapted by communities affected by mass violence.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS, SAMHSA)

SAMHSA DTAC supports the efforts of states, territories, tribes, and local entities to be prepared, so they are better able to deliver an effective behavioral health (mental health and substance abuse) response to disasters. SAMHSA DTAC provides guidance pertaining to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program by facilitating information exchange and knowledge brokering by connecting technical assistance requestors to their peers and experts in the field. Last, SAMHSA DTAC has useful print and electronic materials in the Resource Collection about disaster behavioral health preparedness and response.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS, FEMA)

This guide explains how to keep safe before, during, and after a wildfire.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

This two-page handout suggests ways for parents, teachers, and other adults to talk with children about earthquakes and other disasters.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This fact sheet is designed for parents and contains information on how to talk to children about tsunamis.

American Psychological Association (APA)

This fact sheet for healthcare practitioners contains information relevant after a terrorist incident. It includes self-care tips, pointers for assisting others, and challenges associated with behavioral healthcare work following a terrorist attack.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (DO NOT USE; USE ENTRY WITH ACRONYM)

This fact sheet explains the reactions children may have after a tornado and what teachers can do to help them recover from such events.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This document informs teachers of common child reactions to earthquakes and provides tips on supporting children after an earthquake. Also available in Haitian Creole at http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/Konsey_pur_pwofese.pdf and French Creole at http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/Gid_Pou_pwofese.pdf

American Red Cross

This guide explains what individuals can do to prepare for an unexpected terrorist attack and reduce the stress in case of such an emergency. Also available in Spanish at https://www.redcross.org/content/dam/redcross/atg/PDF_s/Preparedness___Disaster_Recovery/Disaster_Preparedness/Terrorism/TerrorismSp.pdf.

firetraumas.com

This guide contains information about the effects of fire trauma on children, adolescents, and adults. It provides strategies for fire prevention and home safety and activities for children to help reinforce fire safety tips.

Missouri Department of Mental Health

This tip sheet provides common signs of stress and coping strategies for drought-related stress.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This tip sheet provides information for parents on how to limit a child's exposure to disturbing media images after an earthquake.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This tip sheet provides information for parents on how to help children understand media coverage of a traumatic event such as a tornado, while limiting their exposure to distressing images.

American Psychological Association (APA)

This article provides ways to recognize common emotional reactions and steps to prepare for a hurricane that will be helpful in safeguarding the emotional well-being of the survivor.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

The NCTSN describes tornadoes and the effects they commonly have on children and families. This part of the NCTSN's website includes information and links to resources about how parents can help their children to cope with the effects of a tornado, as well as tips for teachers interested in helping their students with coping after a tornado.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS, FEMA)

Launched in 2003, Ready is a national public service advertising campaign designed to educate Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies. This section of the Ready website provides information about what to do before, during, and after a tornado.

U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (DOC, NOAA)

The goal of this part of the Hurricane Preparedness website is to inform the public about tornadoes produced by hurricanes and provide knowledge that can be used to take action. This information can be used to save lives at work, at home, on the road, or on the water.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS, SAMHSA)

This website discusses how to stay safe before and during a tornado. It also discusses the signs of emotional distress that can be experienced after a tornado, signs of distress for first responders, and how to get professional help when needed.

U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (DOC, NOAA)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has primary responsibility for providing tsunami warnings to the Nation, as well as a leadership role in tsunami observations and research. This website provides information on tsunami preparedness and recovery, and it also features a special section for children.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

This website contains resources collected by the Virginia Tech Cook Counseling Center and the American Psychological Association as part of the ongoing support and recovery efforts in response to the anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings. These materials contain information on stress management and the effects of traumatic stress, tips for parents and students in the aftermath of shootings, suggestions for faculty and staff when dealing with a tragedy, and recommendations for identifying and referring distressed students.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

This office supports the families of those lost and injured in the shooting at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007, and any others directly affected by the tragedy. The website includes information on remembrance services, memorial funds, notification resources, counseling resources, and internal review reports.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This guide provides information about drought as it affects the health of the U.S. public. Behavioral health-related information is discussed in various sections of this document, particularly beginning on page 27.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This part of NCTSN's website is designed to assist parents and families before, during, and after a wildfire. A definition of wildfires is provided, along with a discussion of their effects, and information and links are presented to help parents and families support children in staying safe and coping. Materials related to wildfires can also be accessed at this part of the website.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This NCTSN tip sheet describes how media coverage of a wildfire may affect children and families, notes some negative effects media coverage may have, and lists ways for parents and other caregivers to manage media exposure in helping children cope with their experience of a wildfire. It is also available in Spanish at https://www.nctsn.org/resources/los-incendios-y-su-cobertura-en-las-noti....

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS, SAMHSA)

The Rural Populations DBHIS DBHIS installment presents information unique to rural communities that should be considered in the development and implementation of behavioral health preparedness and response plans.

Last Updated: 09/06/2017