Response and Recovery

Response may be defined as the provision of emergency services and public assistance during or immediately after a disaster in order to save lives, reduce health impacts, ensure public safety and meet the basic subsistence needs of the people affected.

Recovery may be defined as the restoration, and improvement where appropriate, of facilities, livelihoods and living conditions of disaster-affected communities, including efforts to reduce disaster risk factors. 

Source: The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction


  • Disaster Behavioral Health Services
    The Disaster Behavioral Health Services Team is charged with coordinating disaster behavioral health preparedness, response, and recovery efforts for Texas during and after a state or federally declared emergency. This includes guidance, technical assistance, and collaboration with decision makers at all levels of government. 
  • is a website that consolidates disaster information in one place. Currently, 17 U.S. Government agencies, which sponsor more than 50 forms of disaster assistance, contribute to the website. You can apply for many forms of assistance with a single, online application. Your application information is shared only with those agencies that you identify and is protected by the highest levels of security.

  • Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event
    From the CDC.

  • Disasters and Terrorism
    From the American Psychological Association.

  • Safe and Well List
    If you have been affected by a disaster, this website provides a way for you to register yourself as "safe and well". From a list of standard messages, you can select those that you want to communicate to your family members, letting them know of your well-being. Concerned family and friends can search the list of those who have registered themselves as "safe and well". From the American Red Cross.

  • Disaster Recovery Information
    Topics include: Safety During Disaster Recovery, Disaster and Recovery Stress, Food and Water Safety, Restoring Your Home and Belongings, and Financial Recovery and Risk Management. From the Texas Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN).

  • Disaster Recovery Guide
    Information to encourage you to take precautions to help keep you safe and speed your recovery after a disaster. Topics include: Staying Safe After a Disaster, Check Your Home’s Safety, 
    Recovering Emotionally,  and Recovering Financially.

Children, Terrorism and Disasters


Note: External links to other sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of the Texas Department of State Health Services. These sites may also not be accessible to people with disabilities.

Last updated June 22, 2017