Disaster Planning and Trauma Response
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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.
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Resources from Federal Agencies and National Organizations
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.
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.
In both Spanish and English are resources from the Office of Head Start to assist with preparing for emergencies, crises and tragic events.
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.
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.
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.
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
A resource from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) focusing on adverse childhood experiences and how to prevent stressful or traumatic events.
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.
A resource from Zero to Three to support caregivers in helping infants and toddlers cope with and recover from traumatic and stressful experiences.