Behavioral Health Resource Library for Disaster Preparedness

The following list of materials includes those focused on behavioral health needs for a winter storm, and separate sections listing materials for addressing the special needs of children and caregivers, older adults, people with disabilities, and disaster responders.

Winter Storm-Specific Information

Resources for Teachers, Families, and Caregivers to Help Children and Youth

Resources Focused on Older Adults

Resources Focused on People with Disabilities

Resources Focused on Substance Abuse Concerns

Disaster Response Personnel

Traumatic Stress and Retraumatization Resources

Links to Organizations and Agencies

A traumatic event such as this is unexpected and often brings out strong emotions. People can call the Disaster Distress Helpline’s toll-free number (1-800-985-5990) and receive immediate counseling. This free, confidential, and multilingual crisis support service is also available via SMS (text TalkWithUs to 66746) to anyone experiencing psychological distress as a result of this event. Callers and texters are connected to trained and caring professionals from crisis counseling centers in the network. The Helpline staff provides confidential counseling, referrals, and other needed support services.

The SAMHSA Disaster App allows disaster behavioral health responders to navigate resources related to pre-deployment preparation, on-the-ground assistance, and post-deployment resources. Users can also share resources from the app via text message or e-mail, and quickly identify local behavioral health services.



Phone: (716) 858-8530

Department of Mental Health
Edward A Rath County Office Building
95 Franklin Street, Room 1237
Buffalo, New York 14202