Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series
In addition to their immediate physical effects, extreme weather events can also have substantial psychological consequences on people (for example, losing a loved one, losing a home, or being forced to relocate). To help people plan for disasters and cope with their aftermath, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has developed a webpage that collects numerous resources on disaster-specific preparedness and response. The page features an annotated bibliography with links to each resource, as well as a section that includes links to organizations, agencies, and other resources that address specific types of disaster.
The annotated bibliography is organized into three categories: (1) Disaster-Specific Information, (2) General Preparedness, and (3) General Response. It includes materials on dealing with drought, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, mass violence, pandemic influenza, radiation exposure, technological disasters, terrorism, tornadoes, tsunamis, and wildfires.