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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Bridging the gap in mental health approaches between East and West: The psychosocial consequences of radiation exposure - 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.

Coping with technological disasters - 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."

Coping with technological disasters: Appendices - 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.

Coping with technological disasters: A user friendly guidebook - 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.

Psychological and behavioral issues healthcare providers need to know when treating patients following a radiation event - 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.

Psychological first aid in radiation disasters - 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.

Radiation emergencies: Information for clinicians - 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.

Radiation emergency medical management: Guidance on diagnosis and treatment for healthcare providers - 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.

Last Updated: 09/06/2017