Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

Disaster Planning and Trauma Response

Topic Editor: Sonya Detwiler

Most recent additions to this page:

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (2017) - established to improve access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events. This resource includes descriptions of each type of trauma and evidence-based treatments that work.

Caring for Children in a Disaster (2017) - This collection of resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers simple steps to protect children in emergency situations and help meet their needs during and after a disaster.

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This topic 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

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (2017) - established to improve access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events. This resource includes descriptions of each type of trauma and evidence-based treatments that work.

Caring for Children in a Disaster (2017) - This collection of resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers simple steps to protect children in emergency situations and help meet their needs during and after a disaster.

Health Resources on Children in Disasters and Emergencies (2017) - The National Institute of Medicine's Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) has provided this consolidated list of disaster related topics and organizations to assist health professionals working with children.

Disaster Planning for Child Welfare Agencies (2016) - This factsheet from the Child Welfare Information Gateway 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.

What Community Members Can Do and What Parents Can Do (Revised 2015) - These reproducible factsheets from the National Institute of Mental Health outlines how children experience trauma and what community members and caregivers can do to intervene. Additional trauma resources are also provided.

Head Start Emergency Preparedness Manual and the Head Start Emergency Preparedness Tip Sheets (2015) in both Spanish and English are resources from the Office of Head Start to assist with preparing for emergencies, crises and tragic events.

Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response (updated regularly) - This resource from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) relates to disaster preparedness activities and planning for children in all settings.

Additional Resources for Helping Families and Children, Including Those with Disabilities, Cope with Disasters

Child Abuse and Neglect (various dates) - A resource from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explaining the effects of child abuse and neglect, including additional resources for preventing child maltreatment through nurturing relationships between caregiver and child.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (various dates) - A resource from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) focusing on adverse childhood experiences and how to prevent stressful or traumatic events.

Children & Disasters (various dates) - The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provides this resource page on disaster preparedness and other health and safety topics for families and children, including the Strategic Plan for Disaster Preparedness (2016-2020).

Trauma and Stress (various dates) - A resource from Zero to Three to support caregivers in helping infants and toddlers cope with and recover from traumatic and stressful experiences.

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