Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

Disaster Planning and Trauma Response

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

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

  • WWW: 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.
  • WWW: 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.
  • WWW: 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 WWW: Strategic Plan for Disaster Preparedness (2016-2020).
  • WWW: 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.
  • IDEAs that Work: Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education

The ECTA Center is a program of the FPG Child Development Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, funded through cooperative agreement number H326P170001 from the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily represent the Department of Education's position or policy.

Project Officer: Julia Martin Eile     © 2012-2019 ECTA Center

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