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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Environmental Health Perspectives

This article examines the social and psychological consequences of exposure to the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident. Based on findings from a literature review and consultation with experts, the authors describe the different approaches used by mental health professionals in the former Soviet Union and in the West to classify distress and disorders and design treatment programs. The article also provides recommendations for bridging these gaps.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc1469916/pdf/envhper00331-0166.pdf


Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (USUHS, CSTS)

The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress is dedicated to advancing trauma-informed knowledge, leadership, and methodologies. The Center's work addresses a wide scope of trauma exposure from the consequences of combat, operations other than war, terrorism, natural and human-caused disasters, and public health threats.

http://www.centerforthestudyoftraumaticstress.org


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS, SAMHSA)

The Rural Populations DBHIS installment presents information unique to rural communities that should be considered in the development and implementation of behavioral health preparedness and response plans.

http://www.samhsa.gov/dbhis-collections/rural-populations?term=Rural-Populations-DBHIS


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


American Psychological Association (APA)

This fact sheet for mental health professionals who work with adults is designed to assist in fostering adults' resilience in response to terrorism.

http://j.b5z.net/i/u/2043019/i/TerriosmandAdults.pdf


American Psychological Association (APA)

This is an fact sheet designed for mental health professionals who work with older adults to assist in fostering resilience in response to terrorism. [Authors: Zeiss, A. M., Cook, J. M., and Cantor, D. W.]

http://www.apa.org/pi/aging/resources/older-adults.pdf


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS, SAMHSA)

This training manual contains the basics of what mental health providers, crime victim assistance professionals, and faith-based counselors need to know to provide appropriate mental health support following incidents involving criminal mass victimization. The manual is primarily for mental health professionals, yet all service providers will find much of the material to be useful.

https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Mental-Health-Response-to-Mass-Violence-and-Terrorism-A-Training-Manual/sma04-3959


Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) (DOJ)

Through its website, the OVC TTAC makes available training and technical assistance materials for victim service providers and others who serve crime victims. The Center also assesses the needs of organizations and develops training, technical assistance, and peer support offerings to meet those needs. It works to build the capacity of victim assistance organizations across the country. http://www.ovcttac.gov

https://www.ovcttac.gov/


Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (USUHS, CSTS)

This fact sheet offers information on triage, early psychological interventions, and patient education to help disaster responders help themselves, colleagues, and survivors of a radiological incident.

http://www.cstsonline.org/wp-content/resources/CSTS_issues_radiation%20event.pdf


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (HHS, CDC)

This online training is designed for public health officials, planners, clinicians, mental health professionals, educators, and others involved in planning for response to mass casualty radiation emergencies. The course defines radiation disasters, describes the role of public health and the public health community, identifies the unique psychological effects of these disasters, and presents skills and techniques for performing psychological first aid. Additional related courses are available at https://emergency.cdc.gov/radiation/training.asp.

https://www2a.cdc.gov/TCEOnline/registration/detailpage.asp?res_id=2490


Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (USUHS, CSTS)

This brief tip sheet provides an overview of Psychological First Aid (PFA), an approach to assisting disaster survivors in meeting their needs. It presents key principles of PFA and then lists dos and don'ts in keeping with the approach to help survivors to reconnect with important people in their lives, activate their resilience, and move toward greater adjustment and well-being after a disaster. Also available in Chinese at https://www.cstsonline.org/resources/resource-master-list/psychological-....

https://www.cstsonline.org/resources/resource-master-list/psychological-first-aid


National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This document provides an overview of expected psychological and physical responses among survivors of a tsunami and ways to cope. Also available in a brief handout at http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/psyc_impact_tsunami...

http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/psyc_impact_tsunamis_4pgfinal.pdf


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (HHS, CDC)

This website section includes information that can help emergency services physicians and nurses manage patients and understand and treat injuries after radiation emergencies.

http://emergency.cdc.gov/radiation/clinicians.asp


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

This website provides guidance and information for health care providers, primarily physicians, on how to respond to a radiation event. It also offers information for first responders.

https://www.remm.nlm.gov/


U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

This booklet describes the relationship between the Office for Victims of Crime and the American Red Cross and provides guidance about the potential needs of crime victims, their rights and how to assist victims of terrorism and mass violence crime specifically. The pamphlet provides a comparison of how natural disasters are similar to and different from disasters caused by criminal human behavior and notes the psychological effects of each.

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/publications/infores/redcross/ncj209681.pdf


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


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS, SAMHSA)

SAMHSA's Coping with Disasters and Traumatic Events webpage provides a wealth of resources that can be adapted by communities affected by mass violence.

http://www.samhsa.gov/trauma/


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.

https://www.samhsa.gov/dtac


American Psychological Association (APA)

This fact sheet for healthcare practitioners contains information relevant after a terrorist incident. It includes self-care tips, pointers for assisting others, and challenges associated with behavioral healthcare work following a terrorist attack.

http://www.georgiadisaster.info/Healthcare/HC13%20SecondaryStress/Link%209%20--%20Tapping%20Your%20Resilience%20APA%20Pointers%20for%20Practitioners.pdf


Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

This website contains resources collected by the Virginia Tech Cook Counseling Center and the American Psychological Association as part of the ongoing support and recovery efforts in response to the anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings. These materials contain information on stress management and the effects of traumatic stress, tips for parents and students in the aftermath of shootings, suggestions for faculty and staff when dealing with a tragedy, and recommendations for identifying and referring distressed students.

http://www.ucc.vt.edu/


Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

This office supports the families of those lost and injured in the shooting at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007, and any others directly affected by the tragedy. The website includes information on remembrance services, memorial funds, notification resources, counseling resources, and internal review reports.

http://www.recovery.vt.edu/index.html


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS, SAMHSA)

The Rural Populations DBHIS DBHIS installment presents information unique to rural communities that should be considered in the development and implementation of behavioral health preparedness and response plans.

Last Updated: 09/06/2017