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Health Alert Network | HAN Archive - 00346

Health Alert Network | HAN Archive - 00346

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

    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 xploded 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.

    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


    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.

    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/.

    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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