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 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_c...

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


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.

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


National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This document informs parents of common child reactions to tsunamis and provides tips on supporting children after a tsunami.

https://www.nctsn.org/resources/after-tsunami-helping-young-children-heal


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


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


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


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 webpage offers information on how to prepare for a flood and what to do during and after a flood. It also offers information about the National Flood Insurance Program and has an outreach toolkit for community leaders.

http://www.ready.gov/floods


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


National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

This tip sheet discusses what parents and teachers can do to help children cope after a wildfire.

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/natural-disaster/helping-children-after-a-wildfire-tips-for-parents-and-teachers


North Dakota State University

This tip sheet offers advice to parents on how to help their children deal with the emotions after a flood and when to seek professional help.

http://www.nd.gov/des/uploads/resources/320/helping-children-through-the-flood.pdf


University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Terrorism and Disaster Center

This 9-page fact sheet describes the effects that media coverage of a disaster may have on children and adolescents and presents strategies for parents to manage their children's media exposure and support their children in coping with their emotions. Tips are also provided for parents to help children develop strong coping skills. [Authors: Houston, J. B., Rosenholtz, C. E., and Weisbrod, J. L.]

http://www.oumedicine.com/docs/ad-psychiatry-workfiles/parent_disaster_media_factsheet_2011.pdf?sfvrsn=2


U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS, FEMA)

A product of FEMA's America's PrepareAthon! campaign, this booklet provides an overview of hurricanes, lists steps to take to prepare for a hurricane, and suggests ways to stay safe during and after a hurricane.

https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1494007144395-b0e215ae1ba6ac1b556f084e190e5862/FEMA_2017_Hurricane_HTP_FINAL.pdf


WBUR's CommonHealth: Reform and Reality

This article discusses how children may react to traumatic events with information specific to the Boston Marathon bombing in this case and what parents and caregivers can do to help them cope with these events.

http://commonhealth.legacy.wbur.org/2013/04/talk-children-marathon-bombs


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.

http://extension.colostate.edu/topic-areas/family-home-consumer/making-decisions-and-coping-well-with-drought-10-256


Colorado State University Extension

This tip sheet discusses the mental health effects of drought on Rural Populations DBHIS.

http://extension.colostate.edu/topic-areas/family-home-consumer/managing-stress-during-tough-times-10-255


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


National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This tip sheet offers parents guidance on helping their children after a tornado. It describes how tornadoes often affect families and children, common reactions children may have, and how parents can help their children. The tip sheet also provides self-care tips for parents after a tornado.

https://www.nctsn.org/resources/parent-guidelines-helping-children-after-tornado


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 https://www.nctsn.org/resources/konsey-pou-paran-ka-ede-timoun-yo-apre-yon-tranbleman-te.

https://www.nctsn.org/resources/parent-guidelines-helping-children-after-earthquake


National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This guide explains how parents can help children recover after a wildfire. Also available in Spanish at http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/parents_wildfires_s...

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


National Child Traumatic Stress Network (DO NOT USE; USE ENTRY WITH ACRONYM)

This fact sheet lists questions that parents can ask their children after a tornado to assess for exposure to distressing situations during and after the event. It also describes behaviors to look out for in children and ways to help them cope.

http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/questions_to_ask_children_about_tornado-4-11-11.pdf


National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

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 tsunami recovery page is designed to assist parents and families after a tsunami.

http://www.nctsn.org/trauma-types/natural-disasters/tsunamis#tabset-tab-5


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


American Psychological Association (APA)

This tip sheet provides simple and effective ways to manage flood-related fears and anxiety.

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/flood-preparation.aspx


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.

https://www.samhsa.gov


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


National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This fact sheet is designed for parents and contains information on how to talk to children about tsunamis.

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


firetraumas.com

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.

http://www.firetraumas.com/ABCs%20of%20Fire/REAACT's%20ABC's%20of%20Fire.pdf


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.

https://www.nctsn.org/resources/tips-parents-media-coverage-earthquake


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.

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


National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

The NCTSN describes tornadoes and the effects they commonly have on children and families. This part of the NCTSN's website includes information and links to resources about how parents can help their children to cope with the effects of a tornado, as well as tips for teachers interested in helping their students with coping after a tornado.

https://www.nctsn.org/what-is-child-trauma/trauma-types/disasters/tornado-resources


U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (DOC, NOAA)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has primary responsibility for providing tsunami warnings to the Nation, as well as a leadership role in tsunami observations and research. This website provides information on tsunami preparedness and recovery, and it also features a special section for children.

https://www.noaa.gov/education/resource-collections/ocean-coasts-education-resources/tsunamis


National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This part of NCTSN's website is designed to assist parents and families before, during, and after a wildfire. A definition of wildfires is provided, along with a discussion of their effects, and information and links are presented to help parents and families support children in staying safe and coping. Materials related to wildfires can also be accessed at this part of the website.

https://www.nctsn.org/what-is-child-trauma/trauma-types/disasters/wildfire-resources


National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This NCTSN tip sheet describes how media coverage of a wildfire may affect children and families, notes some negative effects media coverage may have, and lists ways for parents and other caregivers to manage media exposure in helping children cope with their experience of a wildfire. It is also available in Spanish at https://www.nctsn.org/resources/los-incendios-y-su-cobertura-en-las-noti....

Last Updated: 09/06/2017