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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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.


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.


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 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.


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. ]


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 (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



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.

Last Updated: 09/06/2017