External Resources

American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress® is a multidisciplinary network of professionals who are committed to the advancement of intervention for survivors of trauma. The Academy in collaboration with the National Center for Crisis Management aims to identify expertise among professionals, across disciplines, and provide standards for those who provide intervention to survivors of traumatic events. 
American Psychological Association
The site is maintained by the American Psychological Association and addresses resilience in the face of difficult life changes and identifies tools and practices that promote resilience for ourselves and our communities.
Asbestos and Natural Disasters Guide
Natural disasters such as wildfires, hurricanes, floods and tornadoes can damage asbestos-containing materials and lead to asbestos exposure among first responders, cleanup crews and nearby residents. Learn how to prevent asbestos exposure when preparing for and cleaning up after a natural disaster.
Cross-cultural Counseling
This article would be of greatest interest to counselors. It reviews cross-cultural counseling research including studies involving disaster victims and workers in other cultures. One particularly relevant section addresses cross-cultural variations in grief and grieving.
Disaster Wallet Card
Provides a printable family wallet card for phone numbers needed during an emergency in order to promote communication and security for children and their families.

Disaster Preparedness Guide for Seniors and Caregivers
The year 2020 set quite a few records for natural disasters, including wildfires, hurricanes, rain, and flooding. These disasters can be incredibly traumatizing for seniors. Older people are more frail and less mobile, making it a challenge for them to respond quickly. There are plenty of things you can do to prepare yourself for emergencies if you're a senior. If you're a caretaker or family member of a senior, you can also take safety measures. This guide covers the common types of emergencies to be aware of, tips for helping the elderly evacuate, and a checklist of items to bring.
Frequently Asked Questions Following Traumatic Events: Violence, Disaster, or Terrorism
Provides resources about children and traumatic events. Developed after 9/11 by the International Center to Heal Our children, and other fact sheets.
International Center to Heal Our Children
This website provides information available on various topics including helping children cope in the aftermath of a disaster. The documents are in easy-to-read format and are available as downloadable documents.
Local Emergency Management Director
Your county or municipal emergency management director is the best source of information on local conditions and programs, along with assistance that may be available due to a recent federal disaster declaration. Page down to the bottom of this link to find the contact in your county.
Mental Health America
Mental Health America has prepared several fact sheets for adults, seniors, children, individuals with mental illness, employers, and physicians on coping with war-related stress, terrorism, and other disaster events. Many are also available in Spanish.
Mental Health of People Exposed to Biological and Chemical Weapons
A publication from the World Health Organization titled, "Mental Health of Populations Exposed to Biological and Chemical Weapons".
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Addresses school safety, effects of trauma on schools and learning, school planning, interventions in schools and resources compiled by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
National Council of Churches USA
Sponsored by the National Council of Churches, this site provides a short list of tips for talking to children about terrorism and also lists religious and secular resources for work with children.
Pediatric Preparedness for Disasters and Terrorism
Contains a complete consensus report on pediatric preparedness for disasters and terrorism. The mental health recommendations are summarized on page 29 of the report.
Personal Preparedness
These links provide information on emergency and disaster preparation for people with disabilities at home, school, work or during travel. Resources explain necessary supplies, evacuation procedures and how to assist pets and service animals
The National Organization on Disability
This is the official site for the National Organization on Disability. The site offers publications and resources aimed toward increasing resiliency and opportunities for Americans with disabilities. 

Best of the Best Practices from Kansas University
This website brings together some exemplary current best practice efforts addressing disaster-related needs of people with disabilities.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
This site is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It provides topics for talking about disasters for teachers and adults, related to children and adolescents, families, and emergency and disaster response workers. Topics include anniversary reactions, grief, expressing feelings, cultural differences in coping, helping children and teens after disaster, mental health aspects of terrorism, self case ideas, and recognizing the need for professional help. Some materials in Spanish.