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This guide is designed to help direct first responders, health professionals, librarians, and anyone interested in finding resources about emergency management and disaster preparedness. It is meant to provide a starting point and is not an exhaustive list of available information.

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Disaster Distress Helpline - NEW!


A disaster or tragedy is unexpected and often brings out strong emotions. The Disaster Distress Helpline can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with the problems related to the severe snow storms in the Northeastern US.  The Helpline is a 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week resource that responds to people who need crisis counseling after experiencing a natural or man-made disaster or tragedy.

Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Helpline immediately connects callers to trained and caring professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the nationwide network of centers. The Helpline staff will provide confidential counseling, referrals and other needed support services.

The helpline can also be accessed at and TTY for deaf and hearing impaired: 1-800-846-8517.

Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Website

Information for Consumers: MedlinePlus

Use this link to directly access the Medline Plus Disaster Preparation and Recovery web page. Multiple resources, disaster conditions, recovery and financial assistance, organizations, toolkits, planning templates, videos, games, articles, information to help children, seniors, animals, people with special medical conditions, and more!


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