Children and Youth

This installment of the SAMHSA Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS) focuses on disaster behavioral health resources for children and youth, their families, and child-serving professionals. Children and youth are a population with unique needs and vulnerabilities during all stages of a disaster. Many children may not have the skills or knowledge of how to prepare for or stay safe during disasters. During the aftermath of a disaster, the reactions of children and youth will be vastly different from those of adults, and they will differ from one age group to another.

The following resources can be used by parents and other caregivers and school staff to teach children about disasters and how to prepare before they occur. Some can be used by children and youth for individual and family preparedness and to understand and cope with their disaster reactions. Resources are also included that school personnel can use to evaluate and improve their organization’s capacity for dealing with crisis events.

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Last Updated: 08/16/2018