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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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.

http://pwsrcac.org/wp-content/uploads/filebase/programs/oil_spill_prevention_planning/coping_with_technological_disasters.pdf


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.

http://pwsrcac.org/wp-content/uploads/filebase/programs/oil_spill_response_operations/coping_with_technological_disasters_appendices.pdf


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.

http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/emergency_preparedness/mental/Documents/NSW_Health_Disaster_MH_Manual_2012_Final_version_Feb_2013.pdf


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.

http://healthyamericans.org/reports/flu/brochures/FluBrochureFaith.pdf


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.

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/welcome.html


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.

Last Updated: 09/06/2017