Based on TIP 34: Disaster Planning Handbook for Behavioral Health Treatment Programs

Disaster planning ensures current clients have access top counselors and needed medications, former clients have access to care to prevent relapse, and people who have never been clients have access to prevention resources to help them deal with the acute stressor.  Disaster planning means not only planning for “acts of God,” but also planning for events such as a power surge that could wipe out your entire EMR, or a water main burst that floods the entire building and shuts the building down for several weeks.  Disaster planning ensures fiscal solvency for the agency and continuity of care for the clients.

SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) provides various resources and useful information for those in the disaster behavioral health field.