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SAMHSA Disaster App Gives Responders Ready Access to Critical Resources

Jul 15, 2014

A free smartphone application created by the SubstanceAbuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) makes it easier forbehavioral health responders to focus on disaster survivors by providing them quick access to resources for getting help. The SAMHSA Disaster App wasdesigned to meet the needs of disaster responders. It was developed with input from experts from across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the American Red Cross, and state health departments. The app is available for iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry users. From pre-deployment resources to on-the-ground assistance and post-deployment support, the Disaster App’s content offers users the ability to:

  • Search for and map nearby mental health and substance use treatment facilities.
  • Review training materials on a variety of topics from disaster counseling basics to stress prevention.
  • Share content with survivors directly from the app via email or text message, without revealing personal contact information.
  • Access pre-downloaded publications and stored treatment facility locations, in theevent of limited cellular or Wi-Fi connectivity.

For more information about the SAMHSA Disaster App, visit: http://store.samhsa.gov/apps/disaster.