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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Coping with an attack: A quick guide to dealing with biological, chemical, and "dirty bomb" attacks - Center for Technology and National Security Policy, National Defense University
This chart offers information on various types of responses for biological, chemical, or "dirty bomb" incidents.

Fostering resilience in response to terrorism: A fact sheet for psychologists working with adults - 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.

Fostering resilience in response to terrorism: For psychologists working with older adults - 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., & Cantor, D. W.]

How to talk with children about Boston Marathon bombs - 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.

Mental health response to mass violence and terrorism: A training manual - 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 Crimes (Department of Justice) - 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.

Responding to victims of terrorism and mass violence crimes: Coordination and collaboration between American Red Cross workers and crime victim service providers - U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
This booklet describes the relationship between the Office for Victims of Crime and the American Red Cross and provides guidance about the potential needs of crime victims, their rights and how to assist victims of terrorism and mass violence crime specifically. The pamphlet provides a comparison of how natural disasters are similar to and different from disasters caused by criminal human behavior and notes the psychological effects of each.

Tapping your resilience in the wake of terrorism: Pointers for practitioners - 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.

Terrorism: Preparing for the unexpected - 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 http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4440085_TerrorismSp.pdf

Last Updated: 09/06/2017