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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About extreme heat - 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.
https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heat_guide.html

Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - 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.
http://www.acf.hhs.gov

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

Challenges of Rural Emergency Management - Homeland1.com
This article discusses how the challenges of emergency management are different for rural communities than for urban ones. [Author: Bryant, D. H.]. A full transcript can be found at http://www.emforum.org/vforum/090211.htm
http://www.homeland1.com/disaster-preparedness/articles/480917-Challenges-of-rural-emergency-management

Clinician Outreach and Community Activity (COCA) - 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.
https://emergency.cdc.gov/coca/index.asp

Coping in Hard Times: Fact Sheet for Community Organizations and Leaders - 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.
http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/coping_for_community_orgs.pdf

Coping in Hard Times: Fact Sheet for School Staff - 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.
http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/copingschoolpersonnel_final.pdf

Coping in Hard Times: Fact Sheet for Youth - 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.
http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/Coping_in_Hard_Times_For_Youth.pdf

Coping in hard times: Fact sheet for parents - 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.
http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/coping_for_parents_final.pdf

Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS) Installment on Rural Populations - 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.
http://www.samhsa.gov/dbhis-collections/rural-populations?term=Rural-Populations-DBHIS

Disaster and Drought Information - 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.
http://www.usda.gov/drought

Disaster mental health: Crisis counseling programs for the rural community - 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.
http://archive.samhsa.gov/dtac/FederalResource/Response/7-Crisis_Counseling_Rural_Communites.pdf

Disaster recovery in rural communities: A case study of Southwest Louisiana - 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.]
http://journalofruralsocialsciences.org/pages/Articles/SRS%202007%2022/2/SRS%202007%2022%202%206-27.pdf

Drought Resources - 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.
http://www.extension.org/drought_resources

Farm and Ranch Family Stress and Depression: A Checklist and Guide for Making Referrals - 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., & Fetsch, R. ]
http://extension.colostate.edu/disaster-web-sites/farm-and-ranch-family-stress-and-depression-a-checklist-and-guide-for-making-referrals

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