Natural Disasters

Colorado Department of Public Safety/Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Flood Recovery

  • Information and helpful tips on mental health, cleaning up and hygiene, water safety, and worker, safety, following a flood.

Disaster Assistance.gov

  • Apply for federal resources to help recover and rebuild.

Other Natural Disaster Resources

American Red Cross

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

  • NEW - - Sexual Violence in Disasters

    • This guide helps communities develop plans to prevent and address sexual violence when disaster strikes.

Indiana Department of Education

  • Suggested - - Tornado Refuge Areas in Existing Indiana K-12 Schools

    • Published in 2013 by the American Institute of Architects Indiana (AIA), Indiana School Safety Task Force, with assistance from members of the Indiana Department of Education. It is suggested that school consult an architect or engineer to evaluate their buildings for tornado refuge areas because what often looks like the safest area of the school sometimes is actually not structurally sound. This is intended to be a resource for school safety specialists and school administrators in Indiana K-12 schools in identifying tornado refuge areas. Specifically, there are suggestions for locating / improving / utilizing the "best available refuge areas" from tornadoes in existing buildings.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

  • The Dialogue: Children and Disasters

    • This issue of The Dialogue from the SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) highlights the important process of helping children prepare for and cope with their reactions to disasters. A variety of preparedness and recovery resources are offered to better help parents, caregivers, and disaster behavioral health professionals. Additionally, several programs are discussed that can help inspire your community to help children better prepare for and recover after a disaster.

    • After a disaster, children may be affected in a variety of ways, including their short- and long-term functioning, psychosocial adjustment, health, and their developmental trajectory. Children often have different needs before, during, and after disasters. After Hurricane Katrina, disaster response experts recognized that the unique needs children have had been overlooked in federal and state disaster planning (Save the Children). Children are a vulnerable group that make up 25 percent of the nation, and it is vital to be prepared ahead of a disaster to help limit the risk of children's separation from their families, and to speed up recovery.

    • Download: "The Dialogue 2019 | Vol. 15 - Issue 2"

  • SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America\'s communities.

  • SAMHSA Disaster App offers behavioral health responders immediate access to tips and information for all phases of disaster response, including the resources from SAMHSA's Disaster Kit and SAMHSA's Behavioral Health Treatment Facilities Locator, right on their smartphone.

U.S. Fire Administration (USFA)

  • As an entity of the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency, the mission of the USFA is to provide national leadership to foster a solid foundation for our fire and emergency services stakeholders in prevention, preparedness, and response.

  • Fire Prevention and Public Education


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