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


Prince William Sound Regional Citizens' Advisory Council

This guidebook helps community officials and individuals throughout a region affected by a technological disaster recognize, identify, and mitigate the adverse psychological effects associated with these events. Included are culturally appropriate outreach and community healing strategies.

http://pwsrcac.org/wp-content/uploads/filebase/programs/oil_spill_prevention_planning/coping_with_technological_disasters.pdf


Prince William Sound Regional Citizens' Advisory Council

The appendices are a companion document to Coping with Technological Disasters: A User Friendly Guidebook. This document includes community surveys, newspaper articles, in-service training, information directories, and reports.

http://pwsrcac.org/wp-content/uploads/filebase/programs/oil_spill_response_operations/coping_with_technological_disasters_appendices.pdf


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.

http://www.usda.gov/drought


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


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


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


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 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 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


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