Publications and Resources on Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery

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.

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Last Updated: 10/12/2018