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. 

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