Getting Ready to Provide Disaster Behavioral Health Services? 

Hawaii Wildfire Resources
Click here to see the list of resources compiled by the NCTSN, Disaster and Terrorism Program


Resources in Response to the Wildfires in Hawaii


In response to the recent wildfires in Hawaii, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed resources to help children, families, and communities navigate what they are seeing and hearing, acknowledge their feelings, and find ways to cope together.


For residents or visitors needing to find shelter go to or call 1 800 Red Cross if you need help.


Resources include:



Psychological First Aid and Skills for Psychological Recovery

The NCTSN also has resources for responders on Psychological First Aid (PFA; En Español). PFA is an early intervention to support children, adolescents, adults, and families impacted by these types of events. The PFA Wallet Card (En Español) provides a quick reminder of the core actions. The PFA online training course is also available on the NCTSN Learning Center. PFA PFA Handouts include:


For community and mental health providers who plan to continue working with affected communities long-term, review Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR; En Español) and take the SPR Online course.


Resources to Support Firefighters:

The Center for Firefighter Behavioral Health has resources for firefighters, providers supporting them, and their friends and family, including the Helping Heroes web-based training.


Mobile Apps:


Available from the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University and other partners:


Disaster Helpline

SAMHSA has a Disaster Distress Helpline – call or text 1-800-985-5990 (for Spanish, press “2”) to be connected to a trained counselor 24/7/365.


Additional Resources:

For those that are needing technical assistance or additional resources, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Melissa Brymer at [email protected].





Click here to stream a Just In Time training (JIT). The 55-minute video will prepare you to enter a shelter, or other disaster operation, and provide behavioral health services.

Resources for Children and Caregivers 
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) - Click here for the website.
Click here for the worksheet: How Children Heal.

Tips For Caregivers When Children Are Dealing With Traumatic Grief
Click here for resources.
Click here to view the tip sheet.
Click here to view additional NCTSN Resources (also available in other languages).

American Red Cross Website and Resources (also available in other languages)
Click here for Recovering Emotionally After A Disaster.
Click here to learn more about volunteering for the American Red Cross.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Behavioral Health Resources 
Click here to find resources.

National Center for PTSD
Click here to find resources.

Psychological First Aid (PFA)
If you have not previously received formal training in Psychological First Aid (PFA), we encourage you to consider completing this training when you are able.

Free online training is sponsored by the NCTSN and the National Center for PTSD.

Consider volunteering for with the American Red Cross (ARC). The ARC offers free training in disaster mental health, including PFA, when you volunteer. Click here .


North Carolina Disaster Behavioral Health Committee (NCDBHC)
The mission of the NC Disaster Behavioral Health Committee is improving the quality of mental health services in disaster response in North Carolina. The committee promotes implementation of best practices in disaster behavioral health by professionals and organizations through training, education, coordination and advocacy. As needs arise, the committee will create and maintain networks of licensed behavioral health and substance abuse professionals who are trained and prepared to respond to mental health needs in disasters. The NCDBHC will also support and facilitate professionals volunteering to serve with disaster response organizations such as the American Red Cross.  The committee includes representatives of associations of licensed mental health and substance abuse professionals, as well as the American Red Cross, the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Use Services, NC Emergency Management and other stakeholders in disaster behavioral health services.  The NCDBHC is sponsored by the North Carolina Psychological Foundation. 

Mental Health Professions served by the NC Disaster Behavioral Health Committee: Licensed Psychologists, Licensed Psychological Associates, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Psychiatrists, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors, Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialists, & Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioners.