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Hurricane Response and Recovery Resources (for emotional and psychological information, resources, and support)


Managing traumatic stress: After the hurricanes -This website from APA describes common reactions to hurricane events, and helps hurricane survivors understand and cope with these feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. The tip sheet also describes how other mental health providers can help those who have severe or prolonged reactions that disrupt daily functioning.

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/hurricane-stress.aspx


Managing traumatic stress: Dealing with the hurricanes from afar - Individuals who are not directly and physically impacted by a hurricane can still feel anxiety and distress related to the storm. The fact sheet from APA provides coping tips for dealing with these reactions.

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/hurricane-afar.aspx


Be Red Cross ready: Taking care of your emotional health after a disaster - This fact sheet from the American Red Cross explains normal reactions to a disaster, what a survivor should do to cope, and where to seek additional help if needed.

http://disasterdistress.samhsa.gov/media/899/emotionalhealth.pdf


Mass disasters, trauma, and loss: This fact sheet from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies includes information on common stress reactions to mass disaster, trauma, and loss. It explains how to minimize these reactions and when to seek professional help.

http://www.istss.org


Psychological First Aid (PFA): NCTSN and the National Center for PTSD provide an evidence-informed approach for assisting children, adolescents, adults, and families in the aftermath of disasters and terrorism. The manual includes handouts and tips for survivors and providers and can be downloaded in English, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese.

http://www.nctsn.org/content/psychological-first-aid


Psychological first aid: How you can support well-being in disaster victims - This fact sheet from the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress explains how disaster response workers can use Psychological First Aid to help people in distress after a disaster.

http://www.cstsonline.org/wp-content/resources/CSTS_psychological_first_aid.pdf


Reaction to a major disaster: A fact sheet for survivors and their families - This handout from the National Center for PTSD provides information about normal stress reactions, other mental health problems that commonly occur following a disaster, and the recovery process.

http://www.nwrenalnetwork.org/E/SurvivorReactions.pdf


SAMHSA Disaster Kit:This kit contains educational materials to help guide effective response during and after a disaster. Materials also deal with workplace stress and could be used to educate the general public on disaster concerns. Kits can be ordered from the SAMHSA store by 1-877SMHSA7 (1-877-726-4727) or the materials can be downloaded electronically.

http://store.samhsa.gov/product/SAMHSA-Disaster-Kit/SMA11-DISASTER


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