Prepare an emergency kit One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and for sanitation. A supply of non-perishable food that will last at least three days Battery or crank radio and a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio with tone alert. Switch to Chrome, Edge, Firefox or Safari Disasters can occur naturally (for example, preparing for, responding to and recovering from disasters and traumatic events) is essential to the behavioral health of individuals and communities alike. 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.
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. While everyone reacts differently to disasters, some of those affected may experience severe mental or emotional distress. These people may develop or experience an exacerbation of existing mental health or substance use problems, including, for example, post-traumatic stress disorder. Finding treatment in a timely manner will help people minimize negative outcomes.
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. The SAMHSA Behavioral Health Disaster Response mobile app is designed to help disaster responders ensure that resources are accessible to first responders. SAMHSA also provides a treatment locator and trains first responders on how to recognize and respond to symptoms of PTSD, depression, or serious reactions. Disaster Planning for Behavioral Health Programs This technical assistance publication (TAP) provides guidance for behavioral health services and substance use disorder treatment programs that want to develop or update a comprehensive, scalable, and flexible disaster plan.
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