Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

Disaster Planning and Trauma Response

Topic Editor: Sonya Detwiler

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Disaster Planning for Child Welfare Agencies (2016) Child Welfare Information Gateway - This factsheet outlines the reasons child welfare agencies should develop disaster plans, provides an overview of plan development, points to resources for creating preparedness plans, and highlights State and local examples.

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This Web page provides resources to assist individuals working with children and families to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters or other emergency situations.

Resources from Federal Agencies and National Organizations

The Office of Head Start offers a collection of resources to assist with preparing for emergencies, crises and tragic events, including the Head Start Emergency Preparedness Manual (July 2015) and the Head Start Emergency Preparedness Tip Sheets (May 2015) in both Spanish and English.

Child Care Resources for Disasters and Emergencies (September 2012) Office of Child Care (OCC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - These resources are designed to help parents, providers and policymakers develop emergency preparedness, response and recovery plans.

Disaster Planning for Child Welfare Agencies (2016) Child Welfare Information Gateway - This factsheet outlines the reasons child welfare agencies should develop disaster plans, provides an overview of plan development, points to resources for creating preparedness plans, and highlights State and local examples. See also, Disaster Preparedness & Response (various dates), a collection of resources to help States and jurisdictions develop comprehensive disaster preparedness plans and respond to emergencies quickly and effectively to protect children and families.

Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response (updated regularly) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Provides resources related to disaster preparedness activities and planning for children in all settings.

National Report Card on Protecting Children in Disasters (updated annually) Save the Children - Provides a state-by-state assessment of U.S. preparation and safety standards for children in child care facilities and in schools.

Helping Families and Children, Including Those with Disabilities, Cope with Disasters

Coping with Disaster (2015) The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - Contains information for people directed impacted by disasters and for their friends and family to assist them as a support network.

Children and Terrorism (2015 - Social Policy Report, Vol. 29, Issue 1) Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) - This report describes the history of terrorism and its effects on children, considering both the direct effects of being a victim and the indirect effects of living in communities where the threat of terrorism is on the minds of children and adults. It provides advice about how to respond to the fears that terrorism may raise in children.

Children & Disasters - (various dates) American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) - Resources for families and children on disaster preparedness and other health and safety topics. , including the Strategic Plan for Disaster Preparedness (2016-2020). See also the AAP policy statement on Disaster Planning for Schools (2008)

WWW: Crisis and Disaster Resources (various dates) Child Care Aware of America - Tools for helping children and families cope with any tragedy, as well as potential resources to aid in the restoration of child care services.

School Safety & Crisis (various dates) National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) - Resources to help children and youth cope with traumatic events.

Trauma and Stress (various dates) ZERO TO THREE - Resources to support parents and caregivers in helping infants and toddlers cope with and recover from traumatic and stressful experiences.

PDF: Disaster Preparedness for Families of Children with Special Needs (retrieved 2006) Florida Institute for Family Involvement - A guide to help families of children with special needs be prepared in the event of an emergency, disaster, or acts of terrorism. Although it is Florida oriented, much of the information is useful for all families and children with special needs.

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