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. To protect your home and family, it's important to be prepared and have a plan in place. The family preparedness plan contains four steps families must take to be prepared for any disaster. Disasters can happen at any time, without warning.
To protect your home and family, it's important to be prepared. 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. National Preparedness Month is a celebration celebrated every September to raise awareness of the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could occur at any time. 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. National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and celebrated annually in September, is a good reminder that natural and man-made disasters can occur at any time. 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. Because you may not have much time to evacuate when a disaster strikes, it's important to have a plan to get your family out of harm's way quickly and efficiently.
Preparing for, responding to and recovering from disasters and traumatic events is essential to the behavioral health of individuals and communities alike. Waiting until moments before a disaster strikes is too late, as evidenced by long lines at gas stations, empty supermarket shelves and miles of congested traffic before a storm.