Coping with Disasters

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

The Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide.  Developed jointly with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, PFA is an evidence-informed modular approach for assisting people in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism: to reduce initial distress, and to foster short- and long-term adaptive functioning. from the Veteran’s Administration National Center for PTSD .

How to cope with traumatic stress from the American Psychological Association

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

PBS has resources for parents on talking to kids about difficult subjects. You have to search around to find the exact topics and age.

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 response. 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. Tons of information on their website about coping with disasters.