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COVID-19 and Emergency Preparedness Resources

How to Use this Information

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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Emergency Management at UMMS

State and Local Agencies

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline


A disaster or tragedy is unexpected and often brings out strong emotions. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call or text 1-800-985-5990 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. 

The Disaster Distress Helpline puts people in need of counseling on the path to recovery. Our staff members provide counseling and support before, during, and after disasters and refer people to local disaster-related resources for follow-up care and support. Since its launch in February 2012, the Disaster Distress Helpline has provided counseling and support in response to disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, the Boston Marathon bombing, the Ebola outbreak, and the Coronavirus pandemic.

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

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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Health information from the National Library of Medicine. Easy access to Medline and Health topics, medical dictionaries, directories and publications.

Mobile Resources

Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Website


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