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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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.

https://www.redcross.org/content/dam/redcross/atg/PDF_s/Preparedness___Disaster_Recovery/Disaster_Preparedness/Hurricane/Hurricane.pdf#


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.

https://www.redcross.org/content/dam/redcross/atg/PDF_s/Preparedness___Disaster_Recovery/Disaster_Preparedness/Pet_Safety/PetSafety.pdf


American Red Cross

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

https://www.redcross.org/content/dam/redcross/atg/PDF_s/Preparedness___Disaster_Recovery/Disaster_Preparedness/Tornado/Tornado.pdf


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...

https://www.nctsn.org/resources/family-preparedness-wallet-card


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....

https://www.nctsn.org/resources/family-preparedness-thinking-ahead


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.

http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes


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.

https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=467811


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.

http://www.nctsn.org/nctsn_assets/pdfs/Pandemic_Flu_Factsheet.pdf


American Red Cross

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

http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4240186_ARC_CLX_Brochure.pdf


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.

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/wildfire.aspx


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


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. ]

http://www.psychology.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/4-Responding-to-Natural-Disasters-Helping-Children-and-Families-Information-for-School-Crisis-teams1.pdf


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.

Last Updated: 09/06/2017