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Disaster Behavioral Health Resources

DTAC resources provide helpful information to professionals in the disaster behavioral health field.

SAMHSA Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS)

The SAMHSA DBHIS contains themed installments of resources and toolkits in disaster behavioral health. Each installment focuses on a specific population, disaster type, or other topic pertinent to disaster behavioral health preparedness, response, and recovery.

The Dialogue

The Dialogue is a quarterly electronic newsletter that provides practical and down-to-earth information for disaster behavioral health coordinators, local service providers, federal agencies, and nongovernmental organizations.

To volunteer to author an article for an upcoming issue, please email SAMHSA DTAC or call 1-800-308-3515.

SAMHSA DTAC Bulletin

The SAMHSA DTAC Bulletin is a monthly e-communication that is used to share updates in the field, post upcoming activities, and highlight new resources. If you would like to receive monthly communications or contribute an item for an upcoming issue, please email SAMHSA DTAC.

SAMHSA DTAC Supplemental Research Bulletin

The purpose of the SAMHSA DTAC Supplemental Research Bulletin is to provide practitioners, planners, and other responders a summary of the most recently published research and literature reviews. Each of the Supplemental Research Bulletins will highlight a number of chosen articles related to a specific topic of interest. To view the archived issues, please visit the SAMHSA DTAC Supplemental Research Bulletin Archive.

DTAC Tip Sheets

DTAC offers several tip sheets to help first responders and survivors after disasters and traumatic events. Spanish and Punjabi versions are also offered, when available:

For First Responders

For Survivors

Disaster Response Template Toolkit

The Disaster Response Template Toolkit features guidance and templates for disaster behavioral health programs. Materials are designed to help with program management and with making people aware of your program and its services, common disaster reactions, and coping strategies. Templates are provided for printed materials, as well as public service announcements and social media. To access the toolkit, visit Disaster Response Template.

SAMHSA Disaster Kit

The SAMHSA Disaster Kit contains SAMHSA disaster behavioral health publications for professionals and the general public. Materials may be used to support immediate disaster behavioral health response efforts.

Visit the SAMHSA store or call toll-free at 1-877-726-4727 to receive a SAMHSA Disaster Kit.

DTAC Posters

DTAC offers several posters to help educate survivors about disaster reactions.

Have You Experienced a Disaster?
Disaster survivors are not always aware of behaviors in themselves or others that are associated with adverse reactions to a disaster. This poster assists adult disaster survivors with identifying possible disaster reactions and provides resources to turn to for help.

Have You and Your Family Been Affected by a Disaster?
Parents and caregivers may not always understand and be able to identify behaviors in children and youth that are associated with adverse reactions to a disaster. This poster provides information on possible adverse reactions in children as well as where to get help.

DTAC Guides

DTAC offers guides to assist outreach workers, disaster responders, and public officials during disasters.

Communicating in a Crisis: Risk Communication Guidelines for Public Officials
This guide provides public officials as well as others involved in disaster and emergency communications with information about effective communication, working with the media, using social media, and addressing errors and controlling rumors.

Helping Older Adults After Disasters: A Guide to Providing Support
Outreach workers often work with older adults after disasters. This guide will help prepare staff for encounters with this population by describing common disaster reactions and providing tips and resources.

Last Updated: 11/26/2019