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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Related Resources

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This tip sheet explains normal reactions to stress and includes steps an individual can take to cope with the stress and stay healthy even during the cleanup that follows a wildfire.

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/wildfires/pdf/afterfire.pdf


American Red Cross

This tip sheet explains how to prepare for a hurricane and lists supplies to have on hand and steps to take after a hurricane.

https://www.redcross.org/content/dam/redcross/atg/PDF_s/Preparedness___Disaster_Recovery/Disaster_Preparedness/Hurricane/Hurricane.pdf#


American Red Cross

This fact sheet explains normal reactions to a disaster, what a survivor should do to cope, and where to seek additional help if needed.

https://www.redcross.org/content/dam/redcross/atg/PDFs/Be_Red_Cross_Ready/EmotionalHealth.pdf


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


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

This booklet is designed to help the public plan for and survive a major earthquake.

http://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=1664


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 tip sheet offers ways for children to help themselves and others recover from emotional reactions after a tornado.

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


National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This tip sheet offers children ways to cope with their feelings right after a tornado.

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


National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This tip sheet offers ways for teens to help themselves and others recover from emotional reactions after a tornado.

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


National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This tip sheet offers teens ways to cope with their feelings right after a tornado.

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


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


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


American Psychological Association (APA)

This tip sheet provides simple and effective ways to strengthen resilience and thereby manage flood-related stress.

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


American Psychological Association (APA)

This web page offers information for the general public on how to manage traumatic stress after a tornado.

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/tornadoes.aspx


American Psychological Association (APA)

This tip sheet provides guidance on coping with stress for family and friends of those living in areas affected by an earthquake.

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/distress-earthquake.aspx


International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)

This resource describes what survivors might expect after experiencing a trauma or disaster, and offers strategies to achieve the best possible recovery from disaster stress. It also identifies warning signs for when to seek professional help.

http://www.istss.org/ISTSS_Main/media/Documents/ISTSSBr-MassDisasters_1.pdf


American Psychological Association (APA)

This web page explains ways to reduce stress and anxiety about avian flu. Also available in Spanish at http://www.apa.org/centrodeapoyo/gripe-aviar.aspx

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/bird-flu.aspx


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


American Psychological Association (APA)

Defines resilience for trauma survivors and provides strategies for developing resilience in the wake of a hurricane.

http://georgiadisaster.info/General%20Public/GP15%20ImportanceOfResiliency/Resilience%20After%20Hurricane.pdf


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)

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/


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


American Red Cross

This guide explains what individuals can do to prepare for an unexpected terrorist attack and reduce the stress in case of such an emergency. Also available in Spanish at https://www.redcross.org/content/dam/redcross/atg/PDF_s/Preparedness___Disaster_Recovery/Disaster_Preparedness/Terrorism/TerrorismSp.pdf.

https://www.redcross.org/content/dam/redcross/atg/PDF_s/Preparedness___Disaster_Recovery/Disaster_Preparedness/Terrorism/Terrorism.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 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


American Psychological Association (APA)

This article provides ways to recognize common emotional reactions and steps to prepare for a hurricane that will be helpful in safeguarding the emotional well-being of the survivor.

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


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

Launched in 2003, Ready is a national public service advertising campaign designed to educate Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies. This section of the Ready website provides information about what to do before, during, and after a tornado.

http://www.ready.gov/tornadoes


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

The goal of this part of the Hurricane Preparedness website is to inform the public about tornadoes produced by hurricanes and provide knowledge that can be used to take action. This information can be used to save lives at work, at home, on the road, or on the water.

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/hazards.php#tornado


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

This website discusses how to stay safe before and during a tornado. It also discusses the signs of emotional distress that can be experienced after a tornado, signs of distress for first responders, and how to get professional help when needed.

http://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline/disaster-types/tornadoes


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