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Disaster Planning and Trauma Response

Topic Editor: Betsy Ayankoya

These resources can assist individuals working with children and families to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters or other emergency situations.

See also: Child Maltreatment: Referral Requirements under CAPTA and IDEA

Resources from Federal Agencies and National Organizations

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.

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.

Emergency Preparedness Manual for Early Childhood Programs (2015)

In both Spanish and English are resources from the Office of Head Start to assist with preparing for emergencies, crises and tragic events.

See also: Head Start Emergency Preparedness Tip Sheets

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.

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.

Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response

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.

What Community Members Can Do (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.

See also: What Parents Can Do

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

Adverse Childhood Experiences

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

Child Abuse and Neglect

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.

Children and Disasters (2016-2020)

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.

Trauma and Stress

A resource from Zero to Three to support caregivers in helping infants and toddlers cope with and recover from traumatic and stressful experiences.