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Announcing the Disaster Response Template Toolkit

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) is pleased to announce the Disaster Response Template Toolkit, a new installment in our Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series.  It contains a comprehensive collection of online resources and materials, as well as editable templates that can be easily tailored to meet the needs of any disaster response program.

The Printed Materials section contains customizable public education materials for use by disaster behavioral health response programs to provide outreach, psycho-education, and recovery news for disaster survivors.  These materials, geared toward the general public, provide information about common disaster reactions and ways to cope.

The Messaging through Other Media section contains tips for writing television, radio, and newspaper public service announcements (PSAs), as well as samples of print and radio PSAs.  There are also links and examples of disaster response program websites, social networking pages, and blogs.

Within each section of this toolkit, “do it yourself” templates are provided in various formats with space provided for each program to incorporate its own logo or contact information.  You will find templates for the following products:

  • Brochures for adults, older adults, or children about common disaster responses and ways of coping
  • Door hangers with common signs of disaster stress, ways to reduce stress, and common reactions to trigger events such as the holidays
  • Editable tip sheets with information on managing stress, coping with disaster anniversaries, and helping children cope with the disaster
  • Newsletters, wallet cards, and postcards with broad messaging and room to add your program’s contact information

To view the Disaster Response Template Toolkit, visit http://www.samhsa.gov/dtac/dbhis/dbhis_templates_intro.asp.

We hope that the Disaster Response Template Toolkit will be a helpful resource for the disaster response programs with which you work.  Please be aware that SAMHSA DTAC staff continue to be available to provide assistance at DTAC@samhsa.hhs.gov or at the toll-free number 1-800-308-3515.

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