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Bombing events: Preparing and responding

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
  • Information for the General Public
  • Information for Health Professionals
  • Coping with Trauma
  • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Resources

Mass casualty event preparedness and response

  • American Red Cross offers information, tools and resources for preparation, response and recovery from mass casualty events.

Information for the general public

Information for health 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, 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, 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.

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