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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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

Being prepared for an earthquake - 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.
https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/earthquakes/prepared.html

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

Earthquake safety checklist (FEMA B-526) - 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.
http://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=1664

EARTHQUAKES: Technical Hazard Sheet and Natural Disaster Profile - 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.
http://www.who.int/hac/techguidance/ems/earthquakes/en/index.html

Emergency Preparedness and Response: Earthquakes - 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.
https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/earthquakes/index.html

Guidance for caregivers: Children or teens who had a loved one die in the earthquake - 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.
http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/Earthquake_Caregiver_071008_Formatted.pdf

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.
http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/Earthquake_School_Personnel_071008_Formatted.pdf

Managing your distress about the earthquake from afar [Tip sheet] - 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.
http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/distress-earthquake.aspx

Parent guidelines for helping children after an earthquake - 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 http://www.nctsn.org/nctsn_assets/pdfs/Konsey_pou_paran.pdf
http://www.nctsn.org/nctsn_assets/pdfs/Parents_Talk_to_Children_about_Earthquake.pdf

Recovery After an Earthquake - 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.
http://www.nctsn.org/trauma-types/natural-disasters/earthquakes#tabset-tab-5

Talking to children about earthquakes & other natural disasters - 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.
http://www.aacap.org/App_Themes/AACAP/Docs/resource_centers/disaster/talking_to_kids_about_earthquakes_and_natural_disasters.pdf

Teacher guidelines for helping students after an earthquake - 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
http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/Teachers_Talk_to_Students_about_Earthquake.pdf

Tips for parents on media coverage of the earthquake - 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.
http://www.nctsn.org/nctsn_assets/pdfs/Earthquakes_Media_final.pdf

Last Updated: 09/06/2017