Disaster Response Network (DRN):

The DRN was developed by the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1991 as part of the association’s 100-year anniversary commemoration of signing a memorandum of understanding between APA and the American Red Cross. LPA’s DRN is a network of psychologists who are trained in disaster mental health and provide pro bono services to disaster survivors and relief workers. The DRN works collaboratively with the American Red Cross and other relief organizations to provide assistance to disaster survivors and first responders from licensed psychologists. The aim is to address psychological well-being and mental health needs of those affected by disasters with a swift response coordinated by the DNR.

If you are interested in learning more about the DRN, disaster response, and ways you can help, please contact Public Affairs Chair, Courtland Chaney, Ph.D.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers a comprehensive list of trainings and resources pertinent to disaster mental health for both survivors and first responders including a video series on Promising Practices in Disaster Behavioral Health and a comprehensive Disaster Planning Handbook for Behavioral Health Treatment programs.




National Disaster Resources

APA: Responding to a Disaster
FEMA: Emergency Management Institute
National Center for PTSD: Psychological First Aid

State-Level Disaster Resources

Louisiana Emergency Preparedness
LSU Stephenson Disaster Management Institute
Louisiana Department of Child & Family Services