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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Disaster and Drought Information - 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.

Drought Preparedness & Water Conservation - American Red Cross
This web page provides information on the different types of drought and how to conserve water.

Drought Resources - 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.

Guidance for school personnel: Students who had a loved one die in the 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.

Making decisions and coping well with drought - 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.

Managing stress during tough times - Colorado State University Extension
This tip sheet discusses the mental health effects of drought on rural populations.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Disaster Technical Assistance Center (SAMHSA DTAC) - 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.

Tips for coping with drought-related stress - Missouri Department of Mental Health
This tip sheet provides common signs of stress and coping strategies for drought-related stress.

When every drop counts: Protecting public health during drought conditions; A guide for public health professionals - 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.

Last Updated: 09/06/2017