Disaster Relief Resources
Spiritual first aid for disaster survivors and first responders
About Beyond Disaster
The Beyond Disaster program from the Trauma Healing Institute provides materials to help people recover from natural and man-made disasters. The program integrates best practices in mental health into a biblical framework. Currently we offer resources in English, Spanish, French, and Chinese. Download free PDF copies, or order printed copies from the links below.
Distributed by American Bible Society in the USA and by other partners worldwide. More resources for survivors, first responders, and churches are in development.
Order printed postcards and booklets for survivors of disasters. Or download a copy for digital devices or quick printing.
Beyond Disaster is a guide for spiritual first aid for people who have survived natural or human-caused disasters. It can be distributed any time following a disaster but is most beneficial once the initial shock has passed. The booklet offers (1) strategies to help people cope in the short term, (2) guidance on what to expect during the process of recovery, and (3) resources to begin a journey toward emotional and spiritual healing. Based on the globally proven model of the Trauma Healing Institute, this booklet integrates best practices in mental health into a biblical framework.
(72 pages, 4.38 x 6.38 inches, also available in sets of 24)
The “Beyond Disaster” postcard offers basic support for survivors immediately after a disaster. Designed for those who may still be in shock, the front of the card has an image by Makoto Fujimura and a verse from Isaiah 43. The back of the card lists typical physical and emotional reactions to trauma and short-term coping strategies. (4x6 inches)
Available in English and Spanish in sets of 50; one set is included with an order of 24 Beyond Disaster booklets
Downloads available in English, Spanish, and French.
Beyond Disaster: A Survivor's Guide for Spiritual FIrst Aid
Economy format, A5 size. Full content with fewer graphics and fewer pages.
You can print this document from Adobe Acrobat if you choose the "booklet" option when printing.
Guidance for using the Beyond Disaster booklet with small groups, which is a recommended way of encountering the material. This 9-page document includes some background, ideas for leading a group, and tips on facilitating discussion on the booklet. No professional training is required. This resource offers additional support to leaders who may feel unprepared to address the effects of trauma.
Pilot edition. March 2020.
A lesson for small groups to help you begin to heal from the spiritual and emotional effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This lesson can be used two ways. If you do it as a standalone lesson, you can continue on with the booklet Beyond Disaster: A Survivor’s Guide for Spiritual First Aid to go further in the healing process. You can also use this lesson with a group that is going through Healing the Wounds of Trauma: How the Church Can Help, the classic curriculum from the Trauma Healing Institute.
Pilot edition, March 2020. PDF download.
This lesson offers parents a resource to use with children ages 8–12 during the COVID-19 pandemic. This six-part resource will help you help your children to feel safe during this time of uncertainty and change. It offers biblical and practical resources and age-appropriate activities for addressing our feelings and finding ways to express them appropriately.
This is the pilot edition (March 2020), developed by the children’s team at the Trauma Healing Institute. This product will be released with illustrations in a booklet format in the coming weeks, along with more suggestions for adapting to different ages and circumstances.
Contact the Trauma Healing Institute for a half-day training module to help responders know how to use the materials well.
For help with resources, call us at 1.800.32.BIBLE
and mention “Beyond Disaster”
What people are saying
“Beyond Disaster: A Survivor’s Guide for Spiritual First Aid is a simple yet profound tool to care for those who have experienced trauma or equip those who will respond. A strong reliance on Scripture and practical approach takes an individual, family, or team through the emotions they are experiencing and the questions they may be asking in a way that is relatable and applicable to a variety of situations. This book has obviously been put together by people with real-life experience and a passion for holistic care.”
— Nate Killoren, Director of Crisis Response, SIM