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We have provided some information you might need when a disaster or emergency happens.

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Restoring a Sense of Safety

Disaster Distress Helpline

Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting

How Are You Coping With the Recent Mass Shootings?

Impact of Mass Shootings on Survivors, Families, and Communities

Managing Your Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting

Impact of Mass Shootings on Individual Adjustment

Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth after the Recent Shooting

Psychological Impact of the Recent Shooting

Other Disaster Resources


Mass Shootings / Mass Violence


                Fact Sheets and Resources



7 ways to talk to children and youth about the shootings in Orlando



Responding to the Tragedy in Orlando: Helpful Responses for LGBTQ People and Allies



Managing your distress in the aftermath of a shooting



Helping your child manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting



How to talk with children about difficult news and tragedies



How much news coverage is okay for children?



Building resilience to manage indirect exposure to terror



National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

In response to the Orlando nightclub hate crime and act of terrorism, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed resources to help families and communities respond:



Incidents of mass violence



                Mainstream media – articles and videos


                Orlando Nightclub Shooting


                                Here’s Why You Feel Actual Pain Over The Orlando Shooting

Research shows that following devastating news can take a major toll on mental health. But, in a way, you can’t help but follow along. Studies suggest the mind has a natural negativity bias, which compels you to pay closer attention to tragedies than uplifting news. (Huffington Post, June 13, 2016: Lindsay Holmes)


VA Deploys Mental Health Staff in Orlando After Mass Shooting

In a statement released Monday afternoon, the VA said its services would be available to veterans and department employees, as well as the general public "in the wake of the tragic mass shooting." (Military.com, June 13, 2016: Bryant Jordan)


UnitedHealthcare offers free mental health counseling to anyone, insured or not

UnitedHealth Group has opened their mental-health counseling help lines to anyone (literally anyone, you do not have to be insured by UnitedHealthcare) affected by Sunday morning’s events. (OrlandoWeekly.com, June 13, 2016: Holly Kapherr)


The Orlando Shooting Could Have Long-Term Effects on LGBTQ Mental Health

The Orlando shooting may take an invisible toll on the mental health of LGBTQ people worldwide. What happened at Pulse was a clear act of hate-based violence, occurring in a historically safe space. (Yahoo! News / .Mic, June 13, 2016, Jordyn Taylor)


Orlando authorities could take mental health cues from Aurora tragedy

City officials have reached out to their counterparts in Florida to offer support. Some witnesses to the 2012 theater tragedy also have sought help processing the mass shooting that took place nearly 2,000 miles away, a reminder of how such incidents span both time and distance.


Could you be next? Coping with fear after the Orlando shootings

Will the shootings take an emotional toll on many who've been watching the tragedy and its fallout from afar?

(CBS News, June 13, 2016: Mary Brophy Marcus)


                Coping with Grief and Anxiety in the Wake of the Orlando Shooting

This article talks about the ways people were affected by the tragedy and offers suggestions on how to support those directly affected and how to look out for one’s own mental health. (Talkspace, June 14, 2016: Joseph Rauch)


Zika Virus


                Fact Sheets and Resources


                World Health Organization

Psychosocial support for pregnant women and for families with microcephaly and other neurological complications in the context of Zika virus: Interim guidance for health-care providers

This document from the World Health Organization describes guidance for a supportive response by healthcare providers (e.g. physicians, nurses), focusing primarily on women affected by Zika virus infection during pregnancy and their families, for their mental health and psychosocial needs. This is available as a free download at:



                Assistant Secretary for Preparedness Response, Department of Health and Human Services

Promoting Stress Management for Pregnant Women during the Zika Virus Disease Outbreak

A guide for healthcare providers.



                Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Fact Sheets and Posters in Different Languages
Fact sheets and posters are available in multiple languages, including Spanish, Arabic, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Creole, and Korean. “Ideas for Talking to Your Children About Zika” is one of resources available. 


                Mainstream media


                                Zika-associated mental health burdens: is little knowledge a dangerous thing?

Today Infectious Diseases of Poverty has published an opinion piece on the recent Zika outbreak. Here, the co-author of the article explains more about how little knowledge of the virus could be dangerous to those living in areas at risk. (Biomedcentral.com, April 20, 2016: Andrew Taylor-Robinson)


Fort McMurray Wildfire


                Mainstream media


                                Fort McMurray youth feel guilty for taking town for granted before fires

Experts say parents should watch children for signs of trauma for several months. (CBC News, June 1, 2016: Marion Warnica)


Returning Fort McMurray residents face long road to recovery

Taking stock and establishing routines can help create feelings of normalcy, experts suggest. (CBC News, June 1, 2016: Amy Husser)


Texas Floods


                Mainstream media


                Red Cross mental health volunteers go to aid of Texas flooding victims

                                Red Cross Volunteer Talks About Texas Floods                  

Maui Red Cross Workers Deploy to Texas Flood Areas

Red Cross volunteers from Dayton head to flooded Texas

                                Additional Volunteers Assisting Texas Flood Victims




                Books available for free download


Healthy, Resilient, and Sustainable Communities After Disasters: Strategies, Opportunities, and Planning for Recovery

In the devastation that follows a major disaster, there is a need for multiple sectors to unite and devote new resources to support the rebuilding of infrastructure, the provision of health and social services, the restoration of care delivery systems, and other critical recovery needs. In some cases, billions of dollars from public, private and charitable sources are invested to help communities recover. National rhetoric often characterizes these efforts as a "return to normal." But for many American communities, pre-disaster conditions are far from optimal. Large segments of the U.S. population suffer from preventable health problems, experience inequitable access to services, and rely on overburdened health systems. A return to pre-event conditions in such cases may be short-sighted given the high costs - both economic and social - of poor health. Instead, it is important to understand that the disaster recovery process offers a series of unique and valuable opportunities to improve on the status quo. Capitalizing on these opportunities can advance the long-term health, resilience, and sustainability of communities - thereby better preparing them for future challenges.

Free PDF: http://www.nap.edu/catalog/18996/healthy-resilient-and-sustainable-communities-after-disasters-strategies-opportunities-and


Increasing National Resilience to Hazards and Disasters: The Perspective from the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and Mississippi: Summary of a Workshop

Natural disasters are having an increasing effect on the lives of people in the United States and throughout the world. Every decade, property damage caused by natural disasters and hazards doubles or triples in the United States. More than half of the U.S. population lives within 50 miles of a coast, and all Americans are at risk from such hazards as fires, earthquakes, floods, and wind. The year 2010 saw 950 natural catastrophes around the world--the second highest annual total ever--with overall losses estimated at $130 billion. The increasing impact of natural disasters and hazards points to increasing importance of resilience, the ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from, or more successfully adapt to actual or potential adverse events, at the individual , local, state, national, and global levels.

Free PDF: http://www.nap.edu/catalog/13178/increasing-national-resilience-to-hazards-and-disasters-the-perspective-from


Building Community Disaster Resilience Through Private-Public Collaboration

Natural disasters--including hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and floods--caused more than 220,000 deaths worldwide in the first half of 2010 and wreaked havoc on homes, buildings, and the environment. To withstand and recover from natural and human-caused disasters, it is essential that citizens and communities work together to anticipate threats, limit their effects, and rapidly restore functionality after a crisis.

Free PDF: http://www.nap.edu/catalog/13028/building-community-disaster-resilience-through-private-public-collaboration



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