Crisis and Disaster Response and Recovery meets the short and long-term health and mental health needs of those impacted by crisis, conflict, and disaster.

Together, we can support those affected and work to prepare for future crisis. Long-term recovery and rebuilding takes time and resources, as it is more than supplies and buildings—it’s rebuilding and restoring the lives of individuals, children, and families.

What You Can Do:

Impact

  • Floods, storms, heat waves, and droughts have killed more than 600,000 and left 4.1 billion injured or homeless between 1995 and 2015 (CNN)
  • Nearly a quarter of the world’s children live in conflict or disaster-stricken countries (UNICEF)
  • Natural disasters caused $175 billion in damage in 2016 (UNISDR)

PREPARING FOR CRISIS

Preparing for a Hurricane or Tropical Storm (Center for Disease Control) 

Supplies You’ll Need in Case of Severe Weather or Natural Disaster (Center for Disease Control)

Making a Plan in Case of Severe Weather or Natural Disaster (Center for Disease Control)

Flood Safety Tips (Center for Disease Control)

Protecting Your Pets in an Emergency (Center for Disease Control)

Plan Ahead for Disasters: Flooding, Hurricanes, and Extreme Heat (Ready.gov)

Types of Disasters and Weather Emergencies and Safety Tips (Center for Disease Control)

Health and Safety Concerns for All Disasters (Center for Disease Control)

Post-Disaster Housing Restoration Resources (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) 

Disaster Response Programming (Convoy of Hope)

Disaster Relief (Cleaning for the World)

Water Crisis Resources (Water Mission)

Emergency Water Supply Preparation (Center for Disease Control)

Protect Yourself and Your Family from Radon (Center for Disease Control)

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Prevention (Center for Disease Control) 

Drought and Your Health (Center for Disease Control)

Protect Yourself From Wildfire Smoke (Center for Disease Control)

Get Assistance After Disaster (Pancreatic Cancer Action Network)

Virginia Department of Social Services Disaster Assistance (Virginia Department of Social Services) http://www.dss.virginia.gov/benefit/disasterasst.cgi

Food Assistance for Disaster Relief (U.S. Department of Agriculture) 

Survivor Health and Safety a Federal Focus after Hurricane Harvey (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) 

How Crisis Counselors Stay Happy (CNN) 

Social Services Block Grant Program (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Head Start Programs (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Community Development Block Grant Program (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) 

Health and Social Services Recovery Support Function (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Community Recovery Management Toolkit (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

Immediate Disaster Case Management (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

RECOVERING FROM CRISIS

Hurricane Recovery Tips (Center for Disease Control)

Warning Signs and Risk Factors for Emotional Distress (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

Tips for Survivors: Coping with Grief After a Disaster or Traumatic Event (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) 

Tips for Survivor of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: Managing Stress (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) 

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

Keeping Your Lungs Safe During Flood Clean up Tips (American Lung Association)

Approximate Amount of Bleach for Disinfection of a Drilled or Driven Well (Center for Disease Control) 

Make Water Safe Guide (Center for Disease Control)

Drink Safe Water: Things You Should Do, Ways to Feed Your Baby, and Things You Should Never Do (Center for Disease Control) 

Clean up Safely After Disaster Fact Sheet (Center for Disease Control) 

Be Safe After a Hurricane Guidelines (Center for Disease Control) 

Health Effects of Exposure to Substances and Carcinogens (Center for Disease Control)

HANDLING CRISIS WITH A LONG-TERM HEALTH CHALLENGE

Hurricane Harvey Resources for People Living With Diabetes (American Diabetes Association)

Caring for People With Diabetes in Emergency Situations (American Diabetes Association)

Emergency Preparedness for Type 1 Diabetes (JDRF) 

Emergency Preparedness for People With ALS (ALS Association)

Natural Disaster Resources of Families Affected by Autism (Autism Speaks)

Coping with Cancer After a Natural Disaster FAQ  (American Cancer Society)

Disaster Preparedness Tips for Those Living with Alzheimer’s (Alzheimer’s Association)

Support for Cystic Fibrosis Community Impacted by Hurricane Irma (Cystic Fibrosis Foundation)

Hurricane Resources for Kidney Patients (National Kidney Foundation)

Support for Epilepsy Community Impacted by Emergencies (Epilepsy Foundation)

Hurricane Resources for People With a Heart Condition (American Heart Association)

Preparing for a Weather Emergency When You Have Cancer (American Cancer Society) 

Coping with Cancer After a Natural Disaster: Frequently Asked Questions for People With Cancer and Their Caregivers (American Cancer Society) 

HEALTH CARE SERVICES AND IMPACTS

Health Issues Stack up in Houston as Harvey Evacuees Seek Shelter

Hurricane Harvey Resources for the Austin Area (Susan G. Komen)

More Disaster Units Bound for Texas as Harvey Keeps Churning (Samaritan’s Purse)

Covenant House Works Hard to Serve Homeless and Displaced Youth in Houston (Covenant House)

Pet Partners Partnering With an Organization in Texas to Provide Loving Therapy Dogs for Emotional Support at Hurricane Relief Sites (Pet Partners)

American Diabetes Association, JDRF, and Insulin for Life Have Shipped 3,750 Pounds of Supplies for People living with diabetes in Texas (American Diabetes Association and JDRF International)

ALS Association is actively reaching out to approximately 220 people with ALS and their families in the affected areas (ALS Association)

Impact of Power Outages on Vaccine Storage (Center for Disease Control) 

Food Safety and Medical Products in Hurricane Sandy (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

FAMILY AND CHILDREN DURING DISASTER

Keep Your Family Safe From Zika (March of Dimes)

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Caring for Your Family in a Disaster (March of Dimes)

Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) Program Activity Book (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

Effects of Disaster on Children’s Mental Health (Center for Disease Control)

Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope after a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) 

What Parents Need to Know About Zika Virus (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters (Public Health Emergency) 

Disaster Response (Children’s Health Fund)

HELPLINES

Disaster Distress Helpline (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline

Suicide Prevention Helpline  (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Crisis Text Helpline https://www.crisistextline.org/

Mental Health Helpline (National Alliance on Mental Illness) https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/NAMI-HelpLine

RESOURCES FOR RESPONDERS

Tips for Health Care Practitioners and Responders: Helping Survivors Cope with Grief after a Disaster or a Traumatic Event (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) https://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//SMA17-5036/SMA17-5036.pdf

Tips for Emergency and Disaster Response Workers (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)   https://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//NMH05-0210/NMH05-0210.pdf

Response Worker Health and Safety (Center for Disease Control) https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/workers.html

Immunization Recommendations for Disaster Responders (Center for Disease Control) https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/disease/responderimmun.html

Humanitarian Aid Worker Recommendations (Center for Disease Control) https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/humanitarian-aid-workers

Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance (ERHMS) Online Training Course (Center for Disease Control) https://emergency.cdc.gov/training/erhmscourse/index.asp

Worker Safety after a Flood (Center for Disease Control) https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/workersafety.html

Worker Safety during Fire Cleanup (Center for Disease Control) https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/wildfires/cleanupworkers.html