This installment of the SAMHSA Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series presents resources and tools related to the mental health and substance use-related consequences of particular kinds of disasters. Disaster types differ from each other in how much advance warning people receive, how long the impact lasts and the experiences it involves, and whether the disaster was an act of nature or caused by one or more people. These differences may lead to varying psychological impacts on survivors.
To understand the unique needs and reactions of communities we serve, it is imperative to use disaster-specific information and resources during preparation, response, and recovery phases of disaster. The following resources cover a range of natural disasters, such as drought, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Also covered are human-caused disasters, such as technological disasters and terrorist attacks. These resources can be used by disaster behavioral health professionals, emergency planners, parents, teachers, first responders, and survivors to learn about the impacts of specific disasters, understand and manage reactions, enhance coping skills, and improve disaster plans.