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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Be Red Cross ready: Hurricane safety checklist - 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. This tip sheet is also available in several languages other than English at http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster-safety-library.
http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340160_Hurricane.pdf

Experience of Hurricane Katrina and reported intimate partner violence - Journal of Interpersonal Violence
This study focused on experiences of Hurricane Katrina and reports of intimate partner violence (IPV) among women who had recently had babies. While few of the 123 women in the study reported that they or their partners had been physically violent, used sexual force, or destroyed property, the experience of home or property damage because of the storm was linked to greater risks of aggression or IPV. [Authors: Harville, E. W., Taylor, C. A., Tesfai, H., Xiong, X., & Buekens, P.]
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3472442

FEMA blog posts about hurricanes - U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS, FEMA)
Posts to this blog cover personal stories of disaster response and emergency management, policy related to hurricanes and their aftermath, National Hurricane Preparedness Week, and more.
http://www.fema.gov/blog/Hurricanes

How to prepare for a hurricane - U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS, FEMA)
A product of FEMA's America's PrepareAthon! campaign, this booklet provides an overview of hurricanes, lists steps to take to prepare for a hurricane, and suggests ways to stay safe during and after a hurricane.
https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1494007144395-b0e215ae1ba6ac1b556f084e190e5862/FEMA_2017_Hurricane_HTP_FINAL.pdf

Hurricane opens trauma wounds - Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, Columbia University School of Journalism
The author discusses the re-traumatization that is possible among survivors of hurricanes who experience a subsequent hurricane. He presents common effects of a second disaster on people who have survived a similar one, suggests ways to prepare for these effects, and offers ways for journalists to help trauma survivors in their communities.
http://dartcenter.org/content/hurricane-opens-trauma-wounds

Hurricane preparedness - American Red Cross
This part of the American Red Cross's website presents basic information about hurricanes and lists practical ways for the general public to prepare for, respond to, and recover from hurricanes.
http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/hurricane

Hurricane preparedness and response - U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (DOL, OSHA)
This part of OSHA's website presents the basics of hurricanes and provides links to information for employers on managing and ensuring safety of workers before, during, and after a hurricane. It also includes links to OSHA and related resources.
https://www.osha.gov/dts/weather/hurricane/index.html

Hurricane Preparedness Week (National Weather Service) - Hurricane Preparedness Week, National Weather Service (NOAA)
This website informs the public about hurricane hazards and provides tips and resources people can use to prepare for hurricanes. It also describes what the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center are doing to help the public prepare for and respond more effectively to hurricanes.
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/intro.shtml

Hurricane resources - National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
This part of the NCTSN's website describes hurricanes and how they often affect children and families. Information and resources are also provided to help children and teens through response and recovery after hurricanes.
https://www.nctsn.org/what-is-child-trauma/trauma-types/disasters/hurricane-resources

Hurricanes - U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS, FEMA)
This site describes hurricanes and what to expect and provides links to information about what to do before, during, and after natural disasters.
http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

Hurricanes and other tropical storms - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
This part of the CDC's website presents an overview of hurricanes, as well as suggestions for preparing for a hurricane and staying safe after a hurricane. This website section also includes links to materials for families, health and mental health professionals, and other disaster responders.
http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/index.asp

Hurricanes and tropical storms - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS, SAMHSA)
This site provides information about what to expect in a hurricane and signs of emotional distress. It also explains how to reach the Disaster Distress Helpline (call 800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs for English or Hablanos for Spanish to 66746) for immediate crisis counseling.
http://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline/disaster-types/hurricanes

Key facts about hurricane and flood recovery: Protect your health and safety after a hurricane or flood - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
This fact sheet provides tips on how to remain safe and healthy after a hurricane or a flood. It focuses on prevention of foodborne illness, as well as prevention and treatment of illness from other sources and of injuries that become more likely after a hurricane or flood.
https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=467811

Lessons learned: Social media and Hurricane Sandy - U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate (DHS, S&T)
This report covers how agencies and organizations used social media to support preparedness, response, and recovery from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. It also describes challenges encountered and how they were addressed - and issues remaining to be addressed to help improve future use of social media as part of disaster management.
https://www.dhs.gov/publication/lessons-learned-social-media-hurricane-sandy

Managing traumatic stress: After the hurricanes - American Psychological Association (APA)
This web page from the APA website describes common reactions to hurricane events and provides tips for hurricane survivors for understanding and coping with these feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. A tip sheet also describes how psychologists and other mental healthcare providers can help those who have severe or prolonged reactions that disrupt daily functioning. Available in Spanish at http://www.apa.org/centrodeapoyo/inquietud.aspx
http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/hurricane-stress.aspx

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Last Updated: 09/06/2017