Disaster Researchers & Educators
- Center for Domestic Preparedness identifies, develops, tests, and delivers training to state, local, and tribal emergency response providers. We provide on-site and mobile training at the performance, management, and planning levels. We facilitate the delivery of training by the training partners of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. https://cdp.dhs.gov/about
- Emergency Management Institute mission is to support the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA’s goals by improving the competencies of the U.S. officials in Emergency Management at all levels of government to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the potential effects of all types of disasters and emergencies on the American people. https://training.fema.gov/emi.aspx
- National Center for Disaster Medicine & Public Health will be the Nation’s academic center of excellence leading domestic and international disaster health education and research efforts. In collaboration with partners, we create and translate science and education to improve readiness. The focus on readiness, education, research, collaboration, and leadership. https://www.usuhs.edu/ncdmph
- The Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center (VEMEC) is part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VEMEC was established to expand the evidence base in emergency management, and to help VA implement best practices and strengthen its capabilities. VEMEC’s work bolsters VA’s ability to care for our Nation’s Veterans during disasters and to assist state and local communities during emergencies. VEMEC has collaborated with a team of experts to engage in an expansive national dialogue in order to improve national preparedness and develop a vision for the future of disaster nursing.
Faith-Based & Non-Governmental Organizations
Many of the best resources for those that are least advantaged are provided by faith-based and community organizations. Some of those organizations are listed below.
Catholic Charities, USA Disaster Operations
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
Brethren Disaster Ministries
Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation
General Disaster Response & Recovery Information
Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: Managing Stress
This SAMHSA tip sheet gives stress prevention and management tips for dealing with the effects of trauma, mass violence, or terrorism. It lists tips to relieve stress, describes how to know when to seek professional help, and provides accompanying resources.
Effects of Traumatic Stress After Mass Violence, Terror, or Disaster
This web page from the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) describes the emotional, cognitive, physical, and interpersonal reactions that disaster survivors may experience and discusses potentially severe stress symptoms and PTSD, anxiety disorders, and depression. The page also provides information about how survivors can reduce their risk of psychological difficulties and recover from disaster stress.
Psychological First Aid (PFA)
Developed jointly by the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, PFA is an evidence-informed modular approach for assisting people in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism: to reduce initial distress, and to foster short- and long-term adaptive functioning. http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/materials/manuals/psych-first-aid.asp
Protecting Against Asbestos Exposure During a Natural Disaster
To add to the destruction nature of these events is the possibility that the damage to buildings causes the release of harmful and toxic substances contaminating the air, water, and soil in the area. Asbestos is one substance that is present in many older homes and buildings that can be released during a natural disaster. It is important to be prepared for these events and the possibility that your family will be put at risk of asbestos exposure and to know what to do when it happens to keep everyone safe. https://mesothelioma.net/protecting-asbestos-exposure-natural-disaster/