SAMHSA publications and related resources on disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
Life After: Behavioral Health Resources for Hurricane Survivors in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico
In September 2017, back-to-back hurricanes swept through the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Hurricanes Irma and Maria impacted more than 100,000 Virgin Islanders and more than 3 million Puerto Ricans who call the islands home.
These hurricanes were devastating, both physically and emotionally. For individuals experiencing mental and substance use disorders, a natural disaster can worsen the effects or bring about new behavioral health issues due to stress and environmental changes.
Webinars: “Getting Ahead of the Storm: Ensuring Continued Care and Support for Seniors, Their Families, and Caregivers”
Getting Ahead of the Storm: Support for Seniors, Families, and Caregivers (34 minutes)
In this webcast, SAMHSA staff with first-hand experience will describe the challenges they faced on the islands, how these challenges were met, and the unique measures needed for elderly individuals and their families when preparing, responding and recovering from the impact of the hurricanes.
Saliendo Adelante de la Tormenta: Apoyo a Personas Mayores, Familias y Cuidadores (29 minutes)
In this Spanish speaking webcast, SAMHSA and HRSA staff with first-hand experience will describe the challenges they faced on the islands, how these challenges were met, and the unique measures needed for elderly individuals and their families when preparing, responding and recovering from the impact of the hurricanes.
This hurricane-focused resource list (DOC | 42 KB) is formatted by audience and topic, and offers behavioral health resources (in English and Spanish) for survivors, including how to prepare for future storms.
Additional SAMHSA Publications
- Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS) Resource Collections
- The Dialogue Newsletter
- Tips for College Students: After a Disaster or Other Trauma: R U A Survivor of a Disaster or Other Trauma? – 2013
- Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: Managing Stress – 2007
- Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Traumatic Event: What to Expect in Your Personal, Family, Work, and Financial Life – 2005
- Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers – 2012
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Coping With a Traumatic Event
- Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
- Department of Homeland Security: Disasters
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- Ready.gov: Coping with Disaster
- Coping with Traumatic Events: Resources for Children, Parents, Educators, and Other Professionals
- SAMHSA Behavioral Health Disaster Response Mobile App – 2014
- SAMHSA’s Disaster Kit – 2011 for disaster recovery workers
- SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC)