Immediate Response to Drought

This installment of the SAMHSA Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS) focuses on the disaster behavioral health effects of drought, especially in rural areas, where farm or ranch families may lose income or suffer other financial consequences of a drought.  Topics covered include but are not limited to the following:

  • Drought- and heat-specific information
  • Ways to cope with economic stress
  • Rural disaster behavioral health
  • General disaster response

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This webpage offers a link to tips for preventing heat-related deaths and illnesses. It also reviews the causes of health-related illness and who is most at risk.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (HHS, ACF)

The ACF is responsible for Federal programs that promote the economic and social wellbeing of families, children, individuals, and communities.

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.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (HHS, CDC)

This section of the CDC website provides information on COCA, which prepares clinicians to respond to emerging health threats and public health emergencies by communicating relevant and timely information on disease outbreaks, terrorism events, and disaster response.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

These fact sheets from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network discuss challenging financial circumstances and economic hardships that can negatively affect youth, families, and communities. The series offers practical ways to address the challenges during economic hardships by improving a sense of safety, calming, self- and community efficacy, connectedness, and hope.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This fact sheet from the NCTSN discusses challenging financial circumstances and economic hardships that can negatively affect youth and families. It offers practical ways to address the challenges during economic hardships by improving a sense of safety, calming, self- and community efficacy, connectedness, and hope.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

These fact sheets from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network discuss challenging financial circumstances and economic hardships that can negatively affect youth, families, and communities. The series offers practical ways to address the challenges during economic hardships by improving a sense of safety, calming, self- and community efficacy, connectedness, and hope.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

These fact sheets from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network discuss challenging financial circumstances and economic hardships that can negatively affect youth, families, and communities. The series offers practical ways to address the challenges during economic hardships by improving a sense of safety, calming, self- and community efficacy, connectedness, and hope.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

This USDA web page offers information on how to get the resources needed to help farmers, other small businesses, and communities during droughts and other disasters.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS, SAMHSA)

The Rural Populations DBHIS installment presents information unique to rural communities that should be considered in the development and implementation of behavioral health preparedness and response plans.

Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

This SAMHSA publication addresses the unique qualities of rural communities in the context of a crisis counseling program. Guidelines are provided for developing an effective crisis counseling program for rural areas.

Southern Rural Sociology

This paper provides a descriptive case study to develop a better understanding of the disaster recovery and rebuilding process in the three counties in South Louisiana that were hardest hit by Hurricane Rita in 2005. [Citation: Tootle, D. M. Southern Rural Sociology. 2007;22(2):6-27.]

eXtension.org: America's Research-Based Learning Network

This website offers an interactive learning environment that connects knowledge consumers with knowledge providers. It includes a list of resources on how all areas of the farming community can be affected by the drought.

Colorado State University

This web page offers a checklist to identify the signs and symptoms of stress and depression. It also presents ways to refer a person for help. [Authors: Williams, R., and Fetsch, R. ]

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS, FEMA)

FEMA is the U.S. Government's principal agency charged with building and supporting the Nation's emergency management system.

Colorado State University Extension

This tip sheet discusses ways to cope with the psychological effects of a drought and the difficult decisions it can cause and provides guidance in family decision-making related to drought.

Colorado State University Extension

This tip sheet discusses the mental health effects of drought on Rural Populations DBHIS.

Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety

This handbook contains three checklists that can be used to identify and manage the most difficult personal and business-related pressures of farming life.

National Association for Rural Mental Health

NARMH is a membership organization that promotes the unification of members of the rural mental health community to develop and enhance mental health and substance abuse services in rural communities. This website contains information about NARMH membership, upcoming conferences, and publications related to rural mental health issues.

National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC)

The NDMC, established at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995, helps people and institutions develop and implement measures to reduce societal vulnerability to drought, stressing preparedness and risk management rather than crisis management. This website also has a section to help children better understand the drought.

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Prepardness and Response (ASPR)---DO NOT USE

ASPR serves as the HHS Secretary's principal advisory staff on matters related to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies and disasters. It also coordinates interagency activities responsible for emergency preparedness, planning, and the protection of the civilian population from acts of bioterrorism and other public health emergencies.

Institute of Medicine of the National Academies

Problems contacting emergency services and delayed assistance are not unusual when incidents occur in rural areas, and the consequences can be devastating, particularly with mass casualty incidents. This paper discusses a workshop that examined the current capabilities of emergency response systems and the future opportunities to improve mass casualty response in rural communities. [Authors: Viswanathan, K., Wizemann, T., and Altevogt, B. M.]

Ohio State University Extension

This tip sheet provides common signs of stress and coping strategies for farmers. [Authors: Bean, T. L., and Nolan, J. A.]

American Psychological Association (APA)

This web page discusses normal reactions to a disaster or traumatic event and steps that can be taken to cope and recover.

Rural Assistance Center (RAC)

A product of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Rural Initiative, the Rural Health Information Hub helps rural communities and other rural stakeholders access the full range of available programs, funding, and research to provide quality health and human services to rural residents.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HHS, HRSA)

This document describes characteristics of programs identified as promising practices throughout the country. The descriptions of these programs can be found in Appendix C.

Rural Health Research Gateway

This online resource provides access to all of the research and findings of the nine Rural Health Research Centers and Policy Analysis Initiatives grant programs funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration's Office of Rural Health Policy. Its aim is to help us better understand the problems that rural communities face in their efforts to access high-quality, affordable health care, and to lead healthier lives.

American Journal of Public Health

According to its online description, the objectives of the Rural Healthy People 2010 project are to employ a survey of State and local rural health leaders to identify rural health priorities, to synthesize available research and other publications on these priorities, to identify and describe models for practice employed by rural communities to address these priorities, and to disseminate this information to rural communities.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Information Center (USDA, RIC)

The RIC, according to its website, provides services for rural communities, local officials, organizations, business, and rural citizens working to maintain the vitality of America's rural areas. The RIC website contains links to current information on a wide variety of rural resources.

American Psychological Association (APA)

This APA website provides a list of resources focused on the psychological needs of rural communities. Links are included to scholarly journals, research and grants, and tele-health guidelines, as well as to associations and agencies focusing on rural health issues.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS, SAMHSA)

The Disaster Distress Helpline is the nation's first hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling. The toll-free helpline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This free, confidential, and multilingual crisis support service is available via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text "TalkWithUs" to 66746) to U.S. residents who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of a natural or human-caused disaster. The helpline's website provides information on disaster distress in addition to a brochure and wallet card.

American Psychological Association (APA)

This article offers tips on how to handle stress in positive ways and tactics to help develop resilience through difficult economic times.

Missouri Department of Mental Health

This tip sheet discusses possible reactions to stress and suggestions for reducing stress during difficult economic times.

Missouri Department of Mental Health

This tip sheet provides common signs of stress and coping strategies for drought-related stress.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS, SAMHSA)

This tip sheet describes common reactions to disasters and other traumatic events and identifies ways to manage stress. It also lists sources of additional information and support.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (HHS, CDC)

This webpage provides information for people who are traveling out of the United States to support individuals and communities, including those that have been affected by disasters. It suggests steps for humanitarian aid workers to take before, during, and after travel to protect their physical and behavioral health.

National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC)

The Drought Monitor updates regional drought conditions weekly.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

HHS is the U.S. Government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

The Department of Homeland Security website for first responders provides a portal that allows Federal, State, local, and tribal first responders to easily access and leverage Federal web services; information on resources, products, standards, testing, and evaluation; and best practices in a collaborative environment.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This guide provides information about drought as it affects the health of the U.S. public. Behavioral health-related information is discussed in various sections of this document, particularly beginning on page 27.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Center for PTSD (VA, PTSD)

This article explains why it is important to understand the different types of traumatic stress and the risk of burnout when working with trauma survivors. It describes burnout, secondary traumatic stress, compassion stress, and compassion fatigue, and suggests ways to mitigate and manage the stress that disaster responders may experience through their work.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS, SAMHSA)

The Rural Populations DBHIS DBHIS installment presents information unique to rural communities that should be considered in the development and implementation of behavioral health preparedness and response plans.

Last Updated: 10/27/2015