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Preparedness & Public Education: Promoting Emotional Well-Being When Preparing for Disasters

Missouri Department of Mental Health Disaster Communications Guidebook

August 1, 2006

This guide provides preparedness strategies that improve resilience and foster greater coping skills in a disaster event. Incorporating this information into disaster readiness campaigns and programs will help minimize fear and improve emotional well-being in the face of terrorism or catastrophic disasters. The guide’s content can serve as a stand-alone component for developing mental health resilience but is best used by integrating these emotional-preparedness tips as part of a comprehensive approach to disaster readiness. The guide is organized by type of disaster and by population to address unique preparedness strategies for different events and audiences


Promoting Emotional Well-Being When Preparing for Disasters