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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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


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


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


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


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


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/


U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime (DOJ, OJP, OVC)

OVC is committed to enhancing the nation's capacity to assist crime victims and to providing leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime.

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/welcome.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


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, 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


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This guide provides information about drought as it affects the health of the U.S. public. Behavioral health-related information is discussed in various sections of this document, particularly beginning on page 27.

http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehs/Docs/When_Every_Drop_Counts.pdf


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