Friday, November 9, 2012

Superstorm Sandy Resource List

These are resources compiled by the American Psychological Association related to Hurricane Sandy

Superstorm Sandy Resource List

Internet resources


·         Managing the Distressful Wait after Superstorm Sandy
Your Mind Your Body Blog
Written by candlelight by New Jersey DRN Coordinator Dr. Ray Hanbury

·         Managing Flood-related Distress by Building Resilience
American Psychological Association

·         Keeping Children Safe in Sandy’s Wake

·         Sandy update 4: Staying safe & how to help

·         Responding to the Distress of Hurricane Sandy

·         Hurricane Sandy Response and Recovery

·         Coping with Shelter in Place Emergencies
American Red Cross

·         Seniors Particularly Vulnerable in Sandy’s Aftermath
The Gerontological Society of America

·         Disaster Distress Hotline

·         Superstorm Sandy Impact Map

·         Hurricane Sandy Business Recovery Information
New York City Business Solutions

·         The Road to Resilience
American Psychological Association

Specific to children

·         Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers

·         The Great Storm and Flood Recovery: Children's Story & Activity Book
Mentor Research Institute

·         Listen, Protect and Connect: Psychological First Aid for Children and Parents

·         Trinka and Sam Children's Booklet
National Child Traumatic Stress Network

·         Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents
National Child Traumatic Stress Network

·         Parent Guidelines for Helping Children after Hurricanes
National Child Traumatic Stress Network

·         After the Hurricane: Helping Young Children Heal
National Child Traumatic Stress Network

·         Helping Young Children and Families Cope with Trauma
National Child Traumatic Stress Network

·         Simple Evacuation Activities for Children and Adolescents
National Child Traumatic Stress Network

·         Recovery: After a Flood
National Child Traumatic Stress Network

·         Recovery: After a Hurricane
National Child Traumatic Stress Network

·         Childhood Traumatic Grief Educational Materials for Parents
National Child Traumatic Stress Network

·         Childhood Traumatic Grief Educational Materials for School Personnel
National Child Traumatic Stress Network

·         Teacher Guidelines for Helping Children after Hurricanes
National Child Traumatic Stress Network

News Stories


·         “7 Ways to Manage Stress in a Disaster”

·         “Katrina, Joplin survivors offer advice to Sandy victims”

·         “Cold, gloom can hurt survivors’ safety, mood”
USA Today

·         “For Many, 'Superstorm' Sandy Could Take Toll on Mental Health”
U.S. News & World Report

·         “How Disasters Bring Out Our Kindness”

·         “Resilience After Hurricane Sandy”

·         “The Psychological Damage from Superstorm Sandy”

·         “Mental Health and Hurricane Sandy: What Can We Expect, What Can We Do?”
Huffington Post
·         “For Many, 'Superstorm' Sandy Could Take Toll on Mental Health”
·         “Why Climate Disasters Might Not Boost Public Engagement on Climate Change”
New York Times

·         “Elderly Face Challenges Coping With Sandy's Impact”
ABC News

Specific to children

·         “Elmo Calms Children Frightened by Superstorm Sandy” (video)
ABC News

·         “How to Talk Kids about Hurricane Sandy” (video)
ABC News

·         “Post-Sandy, tips for parents with anxious kids”
Fox News

·         “Stuck Inside? Entertaining Your Family During Hurricane Sandy”
Parents’ Choice

·         “Sandy coverage may cause PTSD in anxious children”
CBS News

·         “Children, teens at risk for lasting emotional impact from hurricane sandy”


·         La Greca, A.M., Silverman, W.K., et al. (2010). Hurricane-Related Exposure Experiences and Stressors, Other Life Events, and Social Support: Concurrent and Prospective Impact on Children’s Persistent Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78(6), 794-805. Retrieved from 
This study examines the influence of a destructive hurricane on children’s persistent posttraumatic stress (PTS).

·         North, C.S. (2010). A Tale of Two Studies of Two Disasters: Comparing Psychosocial Responses to Disaster among Oklahoma City Bombing Survivors and Hurricane Katrina Evacuees. Rehabilitation Psychology, 55(3), 241-246. Retrieved from
Research conducted in the aftermaths of the Oklahoma City bombing and Hurricane Katrina showed that the type of disaster can have a distinct effect on how people respond psychologically.

·         Roberts, Y.H., Mitchell, M.J., Witman, M., & Taffaro, C. (2010). Mental Health Symptoms in Youth Affected by Hurricane Katrina. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 41(1), 10–18. Retrieved from
This study presents the results of a youth assessment survey done 2 years after Hurricane Katrina regarding the prevalence of mental health symptoms with recommendations for post-Katrina mental health needs.

·         Serious Emotional Disturbances Found Among Children After Katrina (2010, January 5). Science Daily. Retrieved from
Discussion regarding a study done at Virginia Tech regarding the serious emotional disturbances found among children after Hurricane Katrina, including hyperactivity, eating disorders, fears, and learning difficulties.

·         Schulenberg, S.E., Dellinger, K.A., Koestler, A.J, et al. (2008). Psychologists and Hurricane Katrina: Natural Disaster Response Through Training, Public Education, and Research. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 2(2), 83-88. Retrieved from
This scholarly article explores ways psychologists can use their clinical training in a disaster setting in light of the author’s experience in Hurricane Katrina. (See October 2008 Buzz)

·         Wang, P.S., Gruber, M.J, Powers, R.E. et al. (2007). Mental Health Service Use Among Hurricane Katrina Survivors in the Eight Months After the Disaster. Psychiatr Serv, 58(11), 1403-1411. Retrieved from
A scholarly study on the use of mental health services by adult survivors of Katrina, concluding that few Katrina survivors with mental disorders received adequate care and future disaster responses will require timely provision of services.

·         Aten, J.D., Madoson, M.B, Rice, A. & Chamberlain, A.K. (2008). Postdisaster Supervisor Strategies for Promoting Supervisee Self-Care: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 2(2), 75-82. Retrieved from
Scholarly article focusing on strategies for supervisors to deal with the self-care of their supervisees written in the wake of Katrina. A supervisor self-care tool is also included. 

Call for Contributors

Call for Contributors Journal of Lesbian Studies
Deadline: November 30, 2012

The Journal of Lesbian Studies will be devoting a thematic journal issue to the topic of WHITE PRIVILEGE. There is little scholarship that focuses specifically on whiteness and white privilege in lesbian studies.

Possible topics to be considered include an examination of white privilege in:
-lesbian relationships
-lesbian communities
-intersections of white racial identities and lesbian identities
-representations of lesbians
-lesbian health
-feminist theory
-fiction -poetry

Please send a one-page abstract of your proposed contribution to adottolo (at) by November 30, 2012.

Proposals will be evaluated for originality and writing style, as well as how all the contributions fit together. Potential authors will be invited to write full articles in the range of 10-15 double-spaced pages.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

National Healthy Eating Day

The American Heart Association is honoring National Eating Healthy Day on Nov. 7 with these "Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget."
  1. Plan your meals each week: You can check the nutrition facts and create a detailed grocery list; planning helps to avoid impulse shopping.
  2. Shop for seasonal produce: Fruits and veggies are cheaper during their peak growing seasons.
  3. Look for generic brands: The ingredients are usually the same as the brand names, but they're much more affordable.
  4. Avoid eating out: Most restaurants come with extra large portions and price tags to match. Fast foods are typically loaded with excess fat, salt and sugar.
  5. Eat before you shop: Cut out the impulse buys.
  6. Frozen vegetables and fruit: Just as satisfying and healthy as fresh; check to make sure there's no added salt or sugar.
  7. Limit red meat: Eat less expensive protein. Fish, like tuna, has Omega 3 fatty acids; also nuts and beans have a lot of protein, but watch your portion sizes.
  8. Use newspaper coupons: You'll save over the cost of the Sunday paper.
  9. Make your own pre-packaged snacks: Buy a large container of raisins, nuts or pretzels and divide up.
  10. Grow a garden: The veg will be healthy and the exercise is good for you too.
For more information, call 1-800-AHA-USA1

Friday, November 2, 2012

Hurricane Resources from the DRN

Hurricane Specific Resources

Be Red Cross Ready: Hurricane Safety Checklist. Red Cross. Accessible at
This file contains information on what you should do to prepare for a hurricane and how to recover afterwards.

Managing Traumatic Stress: After the Hurricanes. (2011). Psychology Help Center. American Psychological Association. Accessible at
This article includes tips on how to restore emotional wellbeing and a sense of control in the wake of a hurricane.

Managing Traumatic Stress: Dealing with the Hurricanes from Afar. (2011). Psychology Help Center. American Psychological Association. Accessible at
This article includes tips on how to manage distress from watching images of destruction and worrying about others.

Emergency Preparedness and Response: Hurricanes, Cyclones, Typhoons, and other Tropical Storms. Centers for Disease Control. Accessible at
This website contains the most up to date information regarding natural disasters and severe weather, preparation, key facts, and recommendations.

COPE Hurricane Preparedness Newsletter. Accessible at
This short PDF includes important ideas for what to include in a supply kit for a hurricane as well as preparation tips.

National Hurricane Center Online Tracker. National Weather Service. Accessible at
This website allows for tracking of hurricanes and storms on the Atlantic and Pacific in real time.

Hurricane Preparedness. National Hurricane Center. National Weather Service. Accessible at
Part of Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 24th – May 30th), this consumer website offers information on hurricane history, hurricane hazards, and what people can do to prepare.

NCTSN - Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents (looks like a great resource for shelters or communities without electricity)
Resources from SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline  (references APA Help Center materials along with several others)

Tip Sheets
Emergency Preparedness and Response: Floods. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessible at
Published by Kansas State University, these three fact sheets address the psychological effects of floods and are aimed at helping those affected- Including tips on how to deal with your emotions after the flood and how to handle children who might be suffering emotionally.

Coping with the Floods; Coping with the Aftermath of a Flood; Flood Aftermath- Helping Your Children. Project Recovery Iowa. Iowa DHS. Retrieved from , , and
These factsheets provide assistance in knowing how to cope and how to get help.

The MedlinePlus Hurricanes page:
Variety of information and links.

GSA press release "Seniors Particularly Vulnerable in Sandy's Aftermath"

Additional Red Cross Resources
Safe & Well
During an emergency like a hurricane, letting your family know that you are safe can bring your loved ones great peace of mind. That’s why the Red Cross has developed an easy-to-use online tool, called Safe and Well, to help families and individuals notify loved ones that they are safe during an emergency

To register, people should visit the Safe & Well website and click on the “List Yourself or Search Registrants” links. People in the affected areas can list themselves as “safe and well” on the site by using a pre-disaster phone number or complete address. Disaster survivors can also update their Facebook and Twitter status through the Safe and Well Web site.

Red Cross Shelter App
The application displays real time open shelter information from the National Shelter System, updated every thirty minutes. Shelter details such as the agency managing the shelter, capacity of the shelter and current population, the associated disaster event and the specific shelter address and location are displayed.

Red Cross shelter information can be found on our national website at American Red Cross - Shelters.

American Red Cross Hurricane App
Be ready for Hurricane Sandy with the hurricane app by American Red Cross. Monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm track, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an area where a hurricane may strike or has loved ones who do.

First Aid App
The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand. Available for iPhone and Android devices, the official American Red Cross First Aid app gives you instant access to the information you need to know to handle the most common first aid emergencies. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know first aid.

Earthquake App
Be ready for an earthquake with Earthquake by American Red Cross. Get notified when an earthquake occurs, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an earthquake-prone area or has loved ones who do.

Wildfire App
Be ready for wildfires with the official Red Cross wildfire app. "Blaze Warnings" let you see where NOAA has issued wildfire warnings, "Blaze Alerts" notify you when a new wildfire occurs and the "Blaze Path Tracker" gives you a current view of the wildfire's track and perimeter. You can also let loved ones know that you are safe even if the power is out and learn what steps you should take to prepare your family, home and pets – all from the palm of your hand.

From your mobile phone, call **REDCROSS (**73327677) and we will send you a link to download the app or visit iTunes or Google Play app stores.

The American Red Cross has developed emergency-specific checklists using the latest research, science, best practices and expert opinion. These include information on how to be prepared for many types of disasters. These checklists are online in multiple languages at the following link: Disaster Preparedness Checklists.

Checklists that can assist you are:
Flood Safety Checklist
Hurricane Safety Checklist
Pet Safety Checklist
Power Outage Checklist
Equally important, businesses should be prepared with emergency plans in place to stay afloat. Putting a disaster plan in motion will improve the likelihood that your company may recovery from a disaster. Ready Business ( outlines measures business owners and managers can take now to start getting ready.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
When disaster strikes, often people react with increased anxiety, worry and anger. With support from community and family, most of us bounce back. However, “Some may need extra assistance to cope with unfolding events and uncertainties,” said U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. 

The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is the first national hotline dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746) to residents in the U.S. and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress related to natural or man-made disasters. Callers and texters are connected to trained and caring professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the network. Helpline staff provides counseling and support, including information on common stress reactions and healthy coping, as well as referrals to local disaster-related resources for follow-up care and support.