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 Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN)

This tip sheet provides prevention, preparedness, and proper conduct guidelines for religious leaders to use during an active shooter crisis. The sheet also includes information on how to help the congregation recover from such an event.


Prince William Sound Regional Citizens' Advisory Council

This web page addresses some of the mental health issues that were experienced following the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill off the coast of Alaska in 1989. The page also offers the DVD training course "Coping with Technological Disasters: Peer Listener Training."


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.


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.


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.


U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Center for PTSD (VA, PTSD)

This page describes the effects of disasters, what might put people at higher risk of having negative mental health outcomes, and what kinds of things help people to recover more easily and quickly.


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.


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.


National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

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


Colorado State University Extension

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


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.


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


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.


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...


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.


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.


Missouri Department of Mental Health

This tip sheet provides common signs of stress and coping strategies for drought-related stress.


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.

Last Updated: 09/06/2017