Coping with Disasters

Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events topic page: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

National Child Traumatic Stress NetworkTerrorism  This topic includes attacks by individuals acting in isolation as well as attacks by people acting for groups.

PFA Mobile assists responders who provide psychological first aid as part of a response effort. The materials are adapted from the Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide. The app and guide are from the Veteran’s Administration National Center for PTSD and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Disaster Distress Helpline1-800-985-5990 The helpline is also available in Spanish, by text and by TTY.

For healthcare providers: Coping With a Traumatic Event: Information for the Health Professionals

For emergency workers: Traumatic Incident Stress National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and a Spanish version

For the public **Coping with Disasters National Library of Medicine and Spanish version

Red Cross “Recovering Emotionally

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies: “Mass Disasters Trauma and Loss

From PBS “Talking with Kids about the News

There are new versions of the Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) website and mobile app. The list of changes include a multimedia library, new audience sections including Public Health Officers, Legal Advisors, Radiation Safety Officders and Senior Leaders, and updates to several key web pages. It is recommended that you update any previously versions downloaded to your PC, laptops and mobile devices

The Power of Digital Volunteers This paper by Kate Starbor and Leysia Palen of the University of Colorado, Boulder, is presents an example of a potential role librarians can play in disaster preparedness and reponse. It outlines the progress of a group of concerned volunteers who came together online to continue to support Haiti relief efforts long term, and grew into the non-profit agency Humanity Road. The paper won a “Best Paper Award” as part of the 2013 Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing Conference. pdf here.

Disaster Response Template Toolkit Includes Customizable Resources: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a new Disaster Response Template Toolkit featuring public education materials that disaster behavioral health response programs can use to create resources for reaching people affected by a disaster. The new Toolkit is part of the Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series.

SAMHSA Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS) Resource Collection

Disaster Lit: the Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health is a database of links to disaster medicine and public health documents available on the Internet at no cost.

Evidence  Aid  has free resources available for post traumatic stress disorder