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Delaware Health Alert Network #301

April 18, 2013 1:49 pm


Health Advisory
RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL AND STATE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS:
PREPARING FOR AND RESPONDING TO BOMB EVENTS


FORWARDED FROM THE CDC BY THE DIVISION OF PUBLIC HEALTH

This is an official
CDC HEALTH ADVISORY


Distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network
April 17, 2013, 4:58 p.m. EDT
CDCHAN-00346


Resources Available for Local and State Public Health Officials:
Preparing for and Responding to Bombing Events


Background and Summary

Boston health officials are dealing with the immediate aftermath of two bombs that exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on the afternoon of April 15, 2013. CDC offers resources that may help local or state health officials prepare for, respond to, and mitigate the health effects of bombings, and other mass casualty events.

Added note:  The state Division of Public Health works in Delaware to prepare for, respond to, and mitigate the health effects of bombings, and other mass casualties. Health Care specific information on preparing for emergencies is available at  http://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/php/prephome.html.

Mass Casualty Event Preparedness and Response

CDC’s “Mass Casualty Event Preparedness and Response” website, available at http://emergency.cdc.gov/masscasualties/index.asp, is the primary location for resources for the general public and for health professionals. Public health officials can assist in disseminating the following resources to the audiences who need them.

Information for the General Public

The following resources on the “Mass Casualty Event Preparedness and Response” website offer information for the general public about bombings, and injuries and stress associated with mass casualty events:

Information for Health Professionals

The following resources on the “Mass Casualty Event Preparedness and Response” website offer information for health professionals about treating injuries and stress in patients affected by mass casualty events, as well as other resources for professionals:

Fact Sheets
Guidance and Planning Documents
Data Collection and Planning Tools
Training
Coping with Trauma

The effects of a disaster, terrorist attack, or other public health emergency can be long-lasting, and the resulting trauma can affect those not directly impacted by the disaster. CDC’s “Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event” web page, available at http://emergency.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/, lists resources that provide general strategies for promoting mental health and resilience. These materials were developed by various organizations on the basis of experiences in prior emergencies.

Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Resources

The SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline, available at http://disasterdistress.samhsa.gov/, provides 24/7, year-round crisis counseling and support for persons experiencing signs of distress as a result of disaster:

  • Call 1-800-985-5990
  • Call TTY for deaf/hearing impaired 1-800-846-8517
  • Text TalkWithUs to 66746

SAMHSA has additional resources on dealing with disaster at the SAMHSA website, http://disasterdistress.samhsa.gov/.

DELAWARE DIVISION OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS LINE (DSAMH) CRISIS HOTLINE

Delawareans can call 800-652-2929 for the Delaware crisis hotline.

For More Information


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protects people’s health and safety by preventing and controlling diseases and injuries; enhances health decisions by providing credible information on critical health issues; and promotes healthy living through strong partnerships with local, national, and international organizations.

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