Preparing for disasters saves countless lives, accelerates people's recovery and saves money. The IFRC supports National Societies to continuously improve. When people experience a disaster, they can experience a variety of reactions, many of which are natural responses to difficult situations. Most people show resilience after a disaster.
Resilience is the ability to recover, cope with adversity and endure difficult situations. Fortunately, resiliency in disaster recovery is normal, not extraordinary, and people demonstrate this capacity regularly. Using supportive resources to address stress and other difficulties is a critical component of resilience. Training for probable or even worst-case scenarios is the best way to prepare for disasters.
The OR&R Disaster Preparedness Program provides emergency preparedness, response and recovery training for NOAA field staff, federal partners, and state and local emergency managers. A response is an action to reduce adverse actions during a disaster, such as classification, treatment, and patient flow management. The Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center (DRC) is a NOAA facility located in Mobile, Alabama, and establishes an unprecedented regional presence in the Gulf of Mexico region. Translated into 27 languages, the Help After a Disaster brochure is a tool that can be shared in your community to help people understand the types of FEMA assistance that may be available to help individuals and families recover from a disaster.
More research on disasters is needed to validate or question the assumptions that are included in disaster plans. The SAMHSA Behavioral Health Disaster Response mobile app is designed to help disaster responders ensure that resources are accessible to first responders. Preparing for, responding to and recovering from disasters and traumatic events is essential to the behavioral health of individuals and communities alike. The OR&R Disaster Preparedness Program is responsible for strengthening existing operational capacities to ensure that the National Ocean Service and its partners have the tools needed to plan and respond to disasters, so that trade, communities and natural resources can recover as soon as possible.
The SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) supports SAMHSA's efforts to prepare states, territories, and tribes to provide an effective behavioral health response to disasters. It's also common for people to show signs of stress after being exposed to a disaster, so it's important to monitor the physical and emotional health of those affected, as well as those who respond to the needs of others. Distribution management plans allow SLTT partners to strengthen capacities before a disaster to improve resource distribution capabilities to survivors after a disaster.