Additional Resources
Risk Communication

NE DHHS Behavioral Health Risk Message Guide

Nebraska Disaster Behavioral Health Newsletter
Great Plains Disaster Behavioral Health Conference
Pandemic Influenza

Knowing the facts and being prepared can lessen anxiety or worry about pandemic influenza. In the United States, the best place to get the facts is from the Centers for Disease Control. Worldwide information about pandemic influenza is available through the
World Health Organization.


Information sheet on coping with Stress during a pandemic.

Influenza Flu updates from the Centers for Disease Control.

Congregational Preparation for Pandemic Influenza

Preparation for Pandemic Influenza in Communities of Faith

Nebraska Behavioral Health Situation Manual - Avian Influenza (July 2006):
This situation manual is designed to test the organized behavioral health response to Disaster via a formal tabletop exercise and includes a hypothetical situation in which avian influenza has been detected in poultry. The manual was used by Nebraska in July 2006 to test regional behavioral health plans in coordination with regional Disaster chaplains, local public health districts, and the State Department of Agriculture.

Citizen Voices on Pandemic Flu Choices:
A report of the Public Engagement Pilot Project on Pandemic Influenza.

The Center for Preparedness Education

A federal web site about response plans for flu outbreaks.

2008 Nebraska Tornadoes and Flooding
Several areas of Nebraska experienced storm damage the spring of 2008. Below is a list of resources that were helpful during this stressful time.

Managing Stress After Tornadoes © 2008 American Psychological Association
Special Concerns of Older Adults After Disaster
Post Disaster Tips for People with Physical Disabilities
Common Stress & Emotional Reactions After Disaster
How to Talk to Children After Disaster

Omaha Mall Shooting Tragedy -- December 5, 2007
Nebraska applied for and received funding through a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Emergency Response Grant (SERG) to address the emerging behavioral health needs related to this tragedy. Grant activities were coordinated by Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare in Omaha, NE, with technical assistance and oversight provided by the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center.

Narrative section of Nebraska’s SERG application
Summary of SERG sponsored recovery activities
Slides from Dr. Tony Ng’s presentation on 2-13-2008 “Psychiatric Dimensions Post-Disaster: A Public Health Perspective”

To talk to someone about what you are experiencing related to this tragedy, please call the Boys Town national hotline: 1-800-488-3000

Here are links to information that may be helpful:
Talking to Children About Death
Common Stress and Emotional Reactions After a Traumatic Event
Holidays after a Loss
How to Talk to Children after the Shooting
ICISF Critical Incident Stress Information Sheets
NCPTSD Effects of Traumatic Stress after Mass Violence Fact Sheet
Returning to Normal In the Wake of Tragedy
Shooting Crime--Employee Handout
Coping with Traumatic Events (SAMHSA)
APA--Managing Distress After Mall Shootings

Reaching Out... Nebraska
The Reaching Out Nebraska project ended its services on December 31, 2006. Reaching Out Nebraska had been providing outreach and assistance to former residents of the Gulf-area who have relocated to Nebraska in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita.

Funding for the Reaching Out Nebraska project was provided by FEMA to the State of Nebraska through Region Six Behavioral Health Care, a political subdivision of the State of Nebraska based in Omaha.

Although the Reaching Out Nebraska project has ended, individuals may contact the Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska Rural Response hotline for information about further assistance at 1-800-464-0258.

Reaching Out Nebraska: RSP Final Report
Reaching Out Nebraska: Attachments to the Final Report

IMN Case Management Program
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), in conjunction with their Katrina Aid Today (KAT) program, awarded a grant to Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska (IMN) to provide case management services for survivors of the 2005 Gulf Coast Hurricanes who have relocated in Nebraska.

IMN Case Management Program Information

1st LCM Quarterly Report
2nd LCM Quarterly Report

C.A.R.I.N.G Communities Project
March 19, 2005 - The C.A.R.I.N.G. Communities Project participated in the 2005 Central Plains Severe Weather Symposium in Lincoln, which featured a display, a gathering room for people affected by the May 2004 storms, two panel presentations of storm survivors, and a presentation to storm spotters about stress.
The project concluded on August 30, 2005.