NCDMPH Resource Page in Response to Superstorm Sandy

A combination of hurricane, northern winds, and winter storms, known as Superstorm Sandy, hit the East Coast October 28-29th, 2012. This powerful storm decimated coastal communities in New Jersey and left New York City powerless and flooded. In Washington DC, the Federal government closed for two days due to the power losses in the DC metro region. The states of the central Appalachian Mountains [NC, KY, WV, VA, PA] lost power while receiving several feet of snow.

The National Center wants to provide its stakeholders with the latest and most accurate information regarding the recovery of all the regions affected by Superstorm Sandy. We will continue to compile updated links and resources relevant to NCDMPH's role in disaster education and training on this page. We also provided a list of trending public health topics that arise after a storm like Sandy in one place for your convenient review.

The staff of the National Center extends their sympathy to everyone affected by the crisis, especially for those family and friends grieving the loss of loved ones. We wish a healthy recovery to those injured due to the storm. Finally, NCDMPH offers its gratitude to all the efforts of the responders involved in the response and recovery.

-- Situational Awareness --

New York Times Storm Aftermath Live Updates Constantly updated news feed with the latest updates from New York City, New Jersey, and the surrounding region

Public Health Situation Updates Provides HHS situation reports on the response and recovery effort

State Health and Preparedness Information A state-by-state guide for the latest Sandy news regarding public health issues and the recovery effort

CNN Source for overview of crisis as well as a story regarding the ongoing recovery

Washington Post Statistics on the historic impact of Superstorm Sandy

Corporation for National & Community Service Information on how to volunteer or contribute

-- Resources and Reports --

ESF-8 Planning and Response Program Unit Special Report A comprehensive Federal response brief on all states affected by Sandy

Disaster Information Research Center The National Library of Medicine offers recovery information and public health issues from past major weather events like Hurricane Katrina

Disaster Distress Hotline A 24/7 hotline staffed with crisis-counselors for anyone in need of support

Environmental Health Resilience Collaborative This page offers tips on how to handle flood waters whether you are a responder or home owner

Teacher Cast A site designed to help educators, school districts, students, and communities find the education resources that they need during this period

National Child Traumatic Stress Network The NCTSN provides resources on care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events, like flooding and hurricanes

National Donations Management Network Virtual portal that assists companies and individuals that want to offer support on-line to humanitarian relief organizations

CDC Disaster Epidemiology Resources Resources for public health issues related to epidemiology in the wake of Sandy

Google Crisis Map This interactive resource map provides images, power-outage information, damage assessments and fuel-inventory status for the impacted region. Also use this map to find your polling station and local traffic conditions.

Virtual Operations Support Group Virtual Operation Support Teams use social media tools to provide data and support to responders on-site

Crisis Wiki Resources related to disasters all around the world, Crisis Wiki has information on Hurricane Sandy with specific information on recovery, getting help, giving help, and preparing for hurricanes.

Hospital Evacuation Decision Guide Designed as a supplement to existing hospital evacuation guides, this document provides general guidance on critical decisions hospitals face during an evacuation.

Infection Control Guidance for Community Evacuation Centers Following Disasters CDC provides recommendations for infection prevention in evacuation centers.

Hurricane eMatrix The Occupational Safety & Health Administration released a Hazard Exposure and Risk Assessment Matrix that identifies additional hazards response and recovery workers may face when working in a Hurricane affected area. Also use this matrix to find recommendations regarding worker responsibilities and safety in a recovery zone.

LGBT Resources GLAAD provides resources for the LGBT community, including phone numbers to call if their rights are violated.

All-Hazards Articles in the Scholarly Literature (ALL-HAZARTS) Access to over 20,000 scholarly/peer-reviewed articles facilitates continuous learning on All-Hazards topics. Use this resources to supplement your knowledge on prevention, response, and recovery to storms like Sandy.

Veterinary Responders Treat Pets following Sandy Article describing ASPR's National Veterinary Response Team, a special section of the disaster health workforce.

Hurricane Sandy Recovery and Your Health This website provides New Yorkers with a comprehensive list of resources regarding public health issues and safety that may arise post-Sandy.

The Use of Social Media for Disaster Recovery PDF This document guides both the social medial novice and expert on using social media for information management and community outreach post-disaster. Examples include social media response to the Joplin & Branson tornados and the Missouri floods.

Podcast: Hospital Readiness for Hurricane Sandy NLM and host this podcast that compares hospital preparedness for hurricane Sandy and hurricane Katrina. The podcast is based on an article from the Journal of the American Medical Association which you can read here.

SAMHSA Response Template Toolkit: Introduction The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) compiled links with various printed materials, videos, and other online tools for disaster behavioral response.

Webinar: Incident Command Decision Making for Public Health Leaders In this webinar from the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, representatives from state and local health jurisdiction explain their use of the Incident Command system when responding to emergencies.

FEMA: Ready Responder-Prepare, Plan, Stay Informed PDF FEMA's emergency planning toolkit for first responders and their families.

Southern Medical Journal This January 2013 edition of SMJ addresses topics such as ethics & disaster medicine, volunteerism in disasters, and elderly care.

Planning for Psychiatric Patient Movement During Emergencies and Disasters This ASPR resource aids medical planners and public health officials in preparing for the movement of psychiatric patients in an all-hazards event.

Behavioral Health Tips for Responders Maintaining Calm at a POD: ASPR provides tips on creating and maintain a point of dispensing (POD) that's sensitive to the mental health needs of survivors.

Planning Resources by Setting Tool developed by the CDC to guide healthcare systems refine their response to and preparedness for all-hazards scenarios.

Response Template Toolkit Introduction: SAMHSA created this compilation of resources which includes a variety of customizable multimedia materials (brochures, flyers, tip sheets, wallet cards, post cards, and audio). These materials aim to strengthen a disaster response or behavioral health program. SAMHSA also provides advice on creating blogs, websites, public service announcements and using social networks for community outreach.

Updates for March 15 2013

Cochrane Evidence Aid Project Established after the tsunami in the Indian Ocean in December 2004, the Cochrane Evidence Aid project uses systematic reviews to provide considerations for different interventions in the context of natural disasters and major healthcare emergencies.

Prevention Web PreventionWeb is a project of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and provides news, research and training and education resources related to disaster health.