From wild fires in the West to hurricanes in the Gulf, disaster can reach people in every corner of the country. People with mental health needs can be particularly challenged by disasters, which can disrupt treatment routines and trigger trauma. Fortunately, there is one reliable way to get through a disaster intact, and that is to plan!
To help people with mental health needs prepare themselves for all types of disasters, The CAFE TA Center has published a new Focus on Disaster Preparedness. It covers the critical planning stage, when preparation happens, as well as the process of response and recovery. It also includes links to resources like SAMHSA’s Disaster Toolkit.
Even if you think it won’t happen to you, there’s always a chance that a natural or man-made disaster can impact your day-to-day life. Start preparing today by reading Focus 27!