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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After the tornado: Helping young children heal - National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
This tip sheet offers ways for parents to help their children heal after experiencing a tornado. It helps parents identify behaviors that may indicate trauma, and lists specific steps they can use to promote healing.
http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/helping_young_children_heal_tornado.pdf

Be Red Cross ready: Taking care of your emotional health after a disaster - 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.
http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4240142_EmotionalHealth.pdf

Be Red Cross ready: Tornado safety checklist - American Red Cross
This checklist offers preparedness ideas and safety concerns before, during, and after a tornado. Also available in Spanish at http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340170_Tornado_SPN.pdf
http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340177_Tornado.pdf

For kids: Tornado recovery; Making things better - 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

For kids: Tornado response; Right after a tornado - 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

For teens: Tornado recovery; Making things better - 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

For teens: Tornado response; Right after a tornado - 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

Managing traumatic stress: After a tornado - 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

Mass disasters, trauma, and loss - 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

Parent guidelines for helping children after a tornado - National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
This fact sheet explains common reactions in children after a tornado and what parents can do to help their children and themselves to cope.
http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/parents_talk_to_children_about_tornadoes.pdf

Psychological First Aid: How you can support well-being in disaster victims - Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (USUHS, CSTS)
This brief tip sheet provides an overview of Psychological First Aid (PFA), an approach to assisting disaster survivors in meeting their needs. It presents key principles of PFA and then lists dos and don'ts in keeping with the approach to help survivors to reconnect with important people in their lives, activate their resilience, and move toward greater adjustment and well-being after a disaster. Also available in Chinese at https://www.cstsonline.org/resources/resource-master-list/psychological-first-aid-chinese.
https://www.cstsonline.org/resources/resource-master-list/psychological-first-aid

Questions to ask your children about the tornado - National Child Traumatic Stress Network
This fact sheet lists questions that parents can ask their children after a tornado to assess for exposure to distressing situations during and after the event. It also describes behaviors to look out for in children and ways to help them cope.
http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/questions_to_ask_children_about_tornado-4-11-11.pdf

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Disaster Technical Assistance Center (SAMHSA DTAC) - 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

Teacher guidelines for helping students after a tornado - National Child Traumatic Stress Network
This fact sheet explains the reactions children may have after a tornado and what teachers can do to help them recover from such events.
http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/teachers_talk_to_students_about_tornadoes.pdf

Tips for parents on media coverage of the tornadoes - 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

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Last Updated: 09/06/2017