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A checklist for school personnel to evaluate and implement the mental health component of your school crisis and emergency plan - National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Educators and school personnel can use this guide to determine how well their school is prepared to respond to the immediate and long-term psychological effects of a crisis or disaster on students, their families, and staff. It offers many practical suggestions for developing procedures and plans for mitigation, prevention, preparation, response, and recovery.
A practical guide for crisis response in our schools (5th ed.) - National Center for Crisis Management
This website provides information to assist schools in responding effectively to "everyday crises" as well as school-based disasters. The links provided offer strategies to potentially prevent violent school-based tragedies, assist educators in identifying students who may be at greatest risk of violent behavior, review protocols for managing crisis situations, and discuss practical strategies for addressing the emergent needs of students during times of crisis.
After a loved one dies - how children grieve: And how parents and other adults can support them - New York Life Foundation
This 26-page booklet is for parents and other adults to help children who have suffered the loss of a parent or loved one to get through their grief. Click on View/Download to access the actual item. [Authors: Schonfeld, D. J., & Quackenbush, M.]
After the hurricane: Helping young children heal - National Child Traumatic Stress Network
This handout uses the acronym SAFETY to outline practical ways in which parents can help young children cope with the emotional impact of a hurricane.
After the storm: A guide to help children cope with the psychological effects of a hurricane - Dippity, Inc.
Multiple audiences can use this activity book, which contains information, activities, and strategies to help children cope with their reactions and feelings resulting from a hurricane and its aftermath. The material is designed for use with children ages 6-12, but much of the information and many of its activities can be adapted for use with older and younger children. [Authors: La Greca, A. M., Sevin, S. W., & Sevin, E. L.]
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
AACAP is, according to its website, a "national professional medical association dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families" affected by mental, behavioral, or developmental disorders. At its website, AACAP provides several fact sheets on talking to children about disasters.
American School Counselor Association - American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
According to its website, ASCA "supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social, and career development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. ASCA provides professional development, publications, and other resources, as well as research and advocacy, to more than 29,000 professional school counselors around the globe."
Autism and emergency preparedness: Tips and information for emergency shelter staff and trainers - Debbaudt Legacy Productions
This fact sheet provides tips and options on how to safely and effectively interact with individuals with autism, their family members, and care providers. Click on the link labeled "Disaster Preparedness (PDF)" to access the file. Included is a definition of autism, possible characteristics of those with autism, methods of communication, and tips for how best to handle autistic persons in shelters. [Author: Debbaudt, D.]
Autism emergency contact form - Debbaudt Legacy Productions
The contact form includes information that is necessary and helpful for first responders and health care professionals working with people with autism during emergencies. Click on the link in the right sidebar of the web page to access the form. It includes, among other things, places to provide the name of the person with autism; the person's method of communication, if the method is nonverbal; and current prescriptions.
Building community resilience for children and families - National Child Traumatic Stress Network
This is a guide for mental health and medical professionals to help communities build resilience and improve their capacities to respond effectively to disasters and acts of terrorism. It includes information, suggestions, and resources for businesses, cultural and faith-based groups and organizations, and first responders. It also contains related information on health care, media, mental health, public health, and school and personal child care settings. [Authors: Gurwitch, R. H., Pfefferbaum, B., Montgomery, J. M., Klomp, R. W., & Reissman, D. B.
Can Do and the storm: A story about new beginnings - Can Do Duck Publishing
This coloring book was written for children affected by hurricanes. It tells the story of Can Do the duck and his friends who have to leave their pond because of a hurricane. It is designed to help children to think about and share their feelings regarding frightening events they have experienced.
Caring for children in a disaster - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
This part of CDC's website describes how children differ from adults in how they experience disasters; suggests ways to prepare for natural disasters; and provides links to web pages with information specifically for health professionals and responders, parents, children, and schools and child care centers.
Caring for kids after trauma, disaster and death: A guide for parents and professionals (second ed.) - Child Study Center, Langone Medical Center, New York University
This guide is for use with children and adolescents following a traumatic experience. It is organized in sections to enable users to easily access the most relevant information. The sections examine a range of issues including children's reactions at different stages of development, as well as practical, hands-on advice to parents and school staff. Also included are specific strategies for when and how to get help for mental health problems; how to prepare for natural disasters; how to talk to children about terrorism, war, and media issues; and specific techniques to help families access community resources. [Authors: Gurian, A., Kambouk, D., Levine, E., Pearlman, M., & Wasser, R.]
Child Study Center, New York University Langone Medical Center - Child Study Center, Langone Medical Center, New York University
At its website, the Child Study Center at New York University identifies its mission as "to improve the treatment of child psychiatric disorders by eliminating the stigma of being or having a child with a psychiatric disorder, conducting research and disseminating scientific findings to improve the practices of professionals serving children, and influencing child-related public policy."
Child trauma toolkit for educators - National Child Traumatic Stress Network, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCTSN, NCCTS)
According to the NCTSN website, this toolkit "was developed to provide school administrators, teachers, staff, and concerned parents with basic information about working with traumatized children in the school system." The toolkit also contains a DVD. Documents are available in both English and Spanish.
Children needing extra help: Guidelines for mental health providers - National Child Traumatic Stress Network
This document provides information regarding what should be considered when treating a child, such as the child's developmental level, anger management skills, etc.
Children, National Center for PTSD - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Center for PTSD
The National Center for PTSD aims to advance the clinical care and social welfare of U.S. veterans through research, education, and training on posttraumatic stress disorder and stress-related disorders. The Center also offers many children- and youth-related resources including fact sheets and assessment tools.
Cultural awareness: Children and youth in disasters - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS, SAMHSA)
The goal of this 60-minute podcast is to assist disaster behavioral health responders in providing culturally aware and appropriate disaster behavioral health services for children, youth, and families impacted by natural and human-caused disasters.
Culturally competent crisis response: Information for school psychologists and crisis teams - National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
This fact sheet provides information on the importance of cultural competence for school psychologists and disaster response crisis teams. It briefly explains how to develop culturally competent plans, the roles of a crisis team, how and when to disseminate information to communities following a disaster, and tips on how to provide culturally and linguistically competent services following a disaster.
Disaster preparedness for children with special nutrition needs - Center on Human Development and Disability, University of Washington
This document addresses the extra steps that families of children with special nutritional needs must take to prepare for disasters. It includes a full checklist to help families prepare for disasters when a child with special nutritional needs is involved. [Authors: Owen, R. J., & Feucht, S.]
Disasters and terrorism - American Psychological Association Help Center - American Psychological Association (APA)
APA works to advance psychology as a science and profession and as a means of promoting health, education, and human welfare. The APA Help Center contains many tip sheets and guides on disasters and terrorism, including many Spanish resources.
Emergency preparation: Let's get ready - Sesame Street
This product shares the story of how Grover and Elmo prepare for emergencies. Through songs and games, these resources help parents, caregivers, and children develop a family emergency plan. These booklets are also available in Spanish at https://www.sesamestreet.org/node/1212?language=es
Emergency preparedness - plan and prepare - American Red Cross
The American Red Cross has many disaster preparedness and response publications designed for children and adolescents. Tips and resources on how to prepare a home and family for disasters as well as information regarding disaster preparedness for students and schools can be located within this website.
Emergency preparedness for families of children with special needs - Consortium for Infant and Child Health
This planning and preparation guide can help families of children with special needs better understand how to prepare for an emergency or disaster.
Facts for families: Talking to children about terrorism and war - American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
This tip sheet provides valuable information on how to listen to children, answer their questions, and provide them support when discussing terrorism and war. It gives parents the skills to help their children feel more secure and to understand the world in which they live.
Family preparedness: Thinking ahead - National Child Traumatic Stress Network, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCTSN, NCCTS)
This document helps families prepare for a disaster or other emergency. It reviews information families should know before an emergency, such as the location of evacuation routes. The document helps families create an emergency plan and a family communication plan. There is also information on how to make an emergency supply kit and how to stay informed during and after an emergency. It also includes ways to maintain preparedness. This document is also available in other languages at http://www.nctsn.org/resources/public-awareness/national-preparedness-month%20#q3.
Getting your family prepared for a disaster - American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
This fact sheet prepared by AAP discusses what parents should tell their children about disasters, the importance of staying calm in an emergency, common child behaviors after a disaster, special needs of children after a disaster, and how to help children cope as well as other disaster-related topics.
Guide for developing high-quality emergency operations plans for institutions of higher education - Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center, U.S. Department of Education
This guide was developed to assist institutions of higher education in creating and updating emergency plans that are responsive to active shooter situations, as well as natural disasters. This resource was jointly developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Education, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services so that campus communities can align their emergency planning practices with those at the national, state, and local levels.
Healing after trauma skills (H.A.T.S.): A manual for professionals, teachers, and families working with children after trauma and disasters - National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
This activity manual is designed for use primarily with children in prekindergarten through elementary school and early middle school grades who have experienced trauma resulting from natural or human-caused disasters. The manual is intended for use by mental health professionals and teachers working with children in small groups or on an individual basis. [Author: Gurwitch, R. H.]
Helping Children Cope with Terrorism. Tips for Families and Educators - National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
This online article suggests ways for families and school staff to behave around children, and talk with children, to help them cope with the emotional effects of acts of terrorism. Adults are also advised to monitor their own emotions and levels of stress and engage in self-care activities.
Helping children and adolescents cope with violence and disasters: What parents can do - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health (HHS, NIH, NIMH)
This publication provides information and steps that parents can take to help children cope with trauma after violence and disasters by defining trauma and describing how children react to it. It also includes steps to take when helping young trauma survivors.
Helping children cope with disaster - U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS, FEMA)
This booklet offers parents, caregivers, and other adults suggestions on how to help children cope with the effects of disasters and also how to help children be prepared before a disaster strikes. This publication is also available in Spanish at http://www.fema.gov/pdf/library/spa_children478.pdf.
Helping students cope with media coverage of disasters: A fact sheet for teachers and school staff - University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Terrorism and Disaster Center
According to this fact sheet, it "provides an overview of how media coverage of a disaster may affect students and suggests strategies that people working in schools can use to address these effects. The strategies described in this fact sheet can be used by teachers, school counselors, school social workers, other school staff members, and school administrators." [Authors: Houston, J. B., Rosenholtz, C. E., & Weisbrod, J. L.]
Helping young children and families cope with trauma - Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Harris Center for Infant Mental Health
This document informs parents of common reactions or symptoms children may have following a traumatic event. It tells parents how to listen to their children and how to help them feel safe. This document addresses self-care and support for parents as well. This document is also available in Spanish at http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/Ayudando_a%20_Niqos%28as%29_y-Familias_a_Enfrentarse_con_el_Trauma.pdf [Author: Osofsky, J. D.]
Helping your child cope with media coverage of disasters: A fact sheet for parents - University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Terrorism and Disaster Center
According to the document, this fact sheet "provides an overview of how media coverage of a disaster may affect your child and suggests strategies that parents can use to address these effects." [Authors: Houston, J. B., Rosenholtz, C. E., & Weisbrod, J. L.]
How to assess: Distress - Traumatic stress in ill or injured children - National Child Traumatic Stress Network
This pocket card provides information on how to help children experiencing distress in a hospital setting. It includes examples of questions to ask and also includes tips for helping the families of injured or ill children.
How to assess: Emotional support - Traumatic stress in ill or injured children - National Child Traumatic Stress Network
This pocket card includes information on how to help children in need of emotional support in a hospital setting. It includes examples of questions to ask and also includes tips for helping the families provide emotional support to the injured or ill child.
In the aftermath of a shooting: Helping your children manage distress - American Psychological Association (APA)
In this online article, the APA provides recommendations for parents for talking with their children after a shooting. The APA provides tips and strategies for helping children manage their distress, and it suggests that parents also engage in self-care activities so they can effectively support their children in coping.
It pays to prepare! An emergency preparedness guide for child care providers - Division of Child and Adolescent Health, Virginia Department of Health
The goal of this publication is to provide basic preparedness and planning information that can be used in a variety of child care settings. The objective is to educate providers on how to develop an emergency response plan.
It's okay to remember - National Child Traumatic Stress Network
This video provides information regarding traumatic grief in children, addresses the three main types of trauma reminders, and illustrates how families can experience the pain of loss and then heal. It features physicians and experts in the field and is appropriate for parents and others who care for children.
Listen, protect, and connect: Family to family, neighbor to neighbor - Center for Disaster Medical Sciences, University of California, Irvine
This brochure suggests ways to support emotional well-being before, during, and after emergencies. The suggestions build on ideas, strengths, and practices that parents, teachers, and schools already use with children and offer more ideas and tools to call upon in times of traumatic events. [Authors: Schreiber, M., & Gurwitch, R.]
Listen, protect, and connect: Psychological First Aid for children and parents - U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Ready.gov
This document was created for parents and caregivers to help them understand what their child may go through after a disaster, and offers ways to help children following disasters. Basics are taught, and registered caregivers can form a personalized profile based on their child's personal experience and behaviors. [Authors: Schreiber, M., & Gurwitch, R.]
Marking disaster anniversaries in the classroom - Northwest Minnesota Council of Collaboratives
According to its webpage, this tip sheet is "a resource to help children deal with normal recovery issues that may be triggered by the anniversary of a disaster. It can be adapted for use with any disaster and can be used any time from the first day following the disaster to 1 or more years later."
Masters of disaster curriculum - American Red Cross
The American Red Cross has developed a series of lesson plans that help organizations educate youth about the importance of disaster safety and preparedness. It contains "lessons, activities, and demonstrations on disaster-related topics that organizations can incorporate into daily or thematic programming. The curriculum is nonsequential, allowing organizers to choose the lesson plans that best fit into their programming." Materials are targeted for lower elementary (kindergarten through second grade), upper elementary (third through fifth grade), and middle school (sixth through eighth grade).
National Alliance for Grieving Children - National Alliance for Grieving Children
According to its website, "the National Alliance for Grieving Children provides a network for nationwide communication between hundreds of children's bereavement centers who want to share ideas, information, and resources with each other to better support the families they serve in their own communities. The National Alliance for Grieving Children also provides information on current topics and a schedule of professional workshops across the country."
Natural Disasters - National Child Traumatic Stress Network
This part of NCTSN's website links to sections with information about specific types of natural disasters, how to prepare for them, and how they may affect children and families, as well as ideas for preparedness, response, and recovery, and links to related resources. The website section also presents information about promising practices in supporting children and youth during and after disasters, including Psychological First Aid and Skills for Psychological Recovery.
PFA for students and teachers - Listen, protect, and connect - U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Ready.gov
This guidance reviews the experiences of children following a disaster and discusses understanding the effects of a disaster on a child through listening, protecting, and connecting. It also provides tips to keep in mind as one helps a child following a disaster situation. [Authors: Schreiber, M., Gurwitch, R., and Wong, M.]
Parent guidelines for helping youth after the recent shooting - National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
This resource offers tips for parents to use to help teens feel safe following high-profile acts of violence. It suggests ways to establish a sense of normalcy and security, urges parents to talk with children about their fears, and lists other ways to support children in coping.
Parent tips for helping adolescents after disasters - National Child Traumatic Stress Network
This document provides parents with tips for how to respond to their adolescent child after a disaster. The document includes adolescents' possible reactions, responses, and examples of things to do and say.
Parent tips for helping infants and toddlers after disasters - National Child Traumatic Stress Network
This chart helps parents with infants and toddlers understand how their child may be feeling. It also offers an in-depth list of ways parents can help their young children cope with disaster.
Parent tips for helping preschool-age children after disasters - National Child Traumatic Stress Network
This document provides information for parents including reactions and/or behavior that may occur after a disaster and suggestions for what to say and do once the disaster is over.
Parent tips for helping school-age children after disasters - National Child Traumatic Stress Network
This document offers information on common reactions after a disaster and how parents can respond to their school-age children.
Practical information on crisis planning: A guide for schools and communities - Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (U.S. Department of Education)
This guide contains the basics of crisis planning for schools. It includes checklists for mitigation, prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery. It indicates the importance of reviewing and revising school and district crisis plans and is designed to help navigate this process. The guide is intended to give schools, districts, and communities the critical concepts and components of good crisis planning, stimulate thinking about the crisis preparedness process, and provide examples of promising practices.
Providers' guide: Helping children in the wake of disaster - National Center for Children Exposed to Violence (NCCEV)
This guide provides information for relief workers on the emotional response of children after a disaster. It breaks down information by developmental stages for children. It includes information on risk factors for longer-term adaptation and intervention suggestions for parents and caregivers.
Psychological First Aid (PFA) for Students and Teachers: Listen, Protect, Connect: Model and Teach - U.S. Department of Education (DOE)
This document adapts the Listen, Protect, and Connect model of PFA, for school personnel, and also reviews the type of training school staff members need to effectively use PFA.
Psychological First Aid field operations guide (second ed.) - National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
This guide provides the details of Psychological First Aid (PFA), which it explains is "an evidence-informed modular approach for assisting children, adolescents, adults, and families in the aftermath of disaster and terrorism." PFA can be used by a range of people responding to disaster, including first responders, volunteers who are not mental health professionals, and clergy. Along with information about how to use PFA after a disaster, the guide includes sections on responder self-care and worksheets responders can use for tracking their interactions with survivors. Available in English, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese. [Authors: Brymer, M., Jacobs, A., Layne, C., Pynoos, R., Ruzek, J., Steinberg, A., Vernberg, E., & Watson, P.]
Psychological First Aid for Schools (PFA-S) - Field operations guide (2nd edition) - National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
This 79-page guide provides information on PFS-S, an adaptation of the PFA evidence-based intervention model for school personnel. It provides information on how to use PFA-S to support school children, adolescents, adults, and families in the aftermath of a school crisis, disaster, or terrorism event. [Authors: Brymer, M., Taylor, M., Escudero, P., Jacobs, A., Kronenberg, M., Macy, R., Mock, L., Payne, L., Pynoos, R., & Vogel, J.]
Psychosocial issues for children and adolescents in disasters - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS, SAMHSA)
This booklet includes resources for people working with children after a disaster. It covers child development theories in relation to how youth respond emotionally to disasters. It also features suggestions, case studies, and a resource guide. [Authors: Farberow, N. L., & Gordon, N. S.]
Reactions and guidelines for children following crisis and trauma - Alabama Department of Mental Health
This document outlines the reactions that kindergarten, elementary, and middle school children and high school youth may exhibit after they have experienced trauma. It also provides guidelines for parents and caregivers on how to help their children. [Compiled by: Gurwitch, R. H., Silovsky, J. F., Shultz, S., & Kees, M.]
Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center - Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center, U.S. Department of Education
This website provides information and resources about emergency management to help schools, school districts, and institutions of higher education learn more about developing, implementing, and evaluating crisis plans.
Ready . . . set . . . prepare: A disaster preparedness activity book - U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS, FEMA)
This activity book is a tool children ages 4-7 and adults can use together at home, in schools and day care centers, and in other places to prepare for a variety of disasters. By completing the activities in this book, children will learn about fires, floods, tornadoes, and other disasters as well as how to protect themselves. Each topic in this book has a fun activity specially created for children.
Ready kids activity book - U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Ready.gov
This activity book is designed to teach children how to make an emergency supply kit and a family emergency plan and how to be ready for many different kinds of unexpected situations.
Ready to remember: Jeremy's journey of hope and healing - National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
This children's book tells the story of a 10-year-old boy's experience following the tragic death of his father. Jeremy is having a traumatic reaction and struggling at school and at home. Developed for the school-age reader, with an additional caregiver guide, the illustrated book describes Jeremy's journey as he and his family get help and become able to enjoy happy memories together. [Authors: Goodman, R. F., Miller, D., & Cohen, J. A.; Illustrator: Major, C. H.]
Ready.gov/kids - U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS, FEMA)
Launched in 2003, Ready is a national public service advertising campaign designed to educate Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies. This section of the Ready website is designed to help parents and teachers educate children in grades 4 and 5 about emergencies and how they can help get their family prepared.
Resilience guide for parents and teachers - American Psychological Association (APA)
This resource is for parents and teachers to help children (preschool through high school) to build resilience. It includes practical steps for managing stress, anxiety, and uncertainty.
Responding to a school crisis - National Child Traumatic Stress Network
This webpage provides guidelines for responding to a school crisis. Several resources are provided, including tips for talking to children after a shooting incident, information on age-specific psychological effects, tips about media coverage, and individualized guidelines for various school personnel.
Responding to natural disasters: Helping children and families; Information for school crisis teams - National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
This web site provides information about various child issues and reactions that may be associated with specific disasters, including wildfires. It provides instruction on how a school crisis team should respond immediately after a disaster. [Authors: Lazarus, P. J., Jimerson, S. R., & Brock, S. E. ]
Restoring a sense of safety in the aftermath of a mass shooting: Tips for parents and professionals - Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (USUHS, CSTS)
Written after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, this tip sheet provides information for parents and professionals on how to communicate with children after a mass shooting or other traumatic event. It includes reactions to a traumatic event that children commonly experience and suggestions for talking with children and answering their questions about an incident of mass violence.
Restoring a sense of well-being in children after a traumatic event: Tips for parents, caregivers and professionals - Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (USUHS, CSTS)
This tip sheet discusses how parents and caregivers can communicate well and increase a child's sense of safety immediately after and in the days and weeks after a traumatic event, with a focus on violent incidents. Also included are tips for emergency planning with children and online resources for additional assistance for adults concerned about how a child is reacting to an incident of violence.
School crisis guide: Help and healing in a time of crisis - National Education Association Health Information Network
This guide provides information and advice for schools and districts to help them develop emergency and crisis response plans, put plans into action, and support their communities over the long term after a crisis. It also covers how the National Education Association and state and local education associations can support schools during crises.
School emergency planning: Back to the basics - Student Assistance Journal
This document provides information on best practices and practical steps school leaders can take to improve security and emergency plans. It reviews lessons and observations and stresses the importance of focusing on the fundamentals of school emergency planning. [Citation: Trump, K. Student Assistance Journal. 2009 Spring.]
School safety and crisis resources, National Association of School Psychologists - National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
NASP represents and supports school psychology through leadership to enhance the mental health and educational competence of all children. NASP provides information about natural disaster, war, terrorism, suicide, trauma, and violence prevention, as well as links that address these topics.
Secondary traumatic stress: A fact sheet for child-serving professionals - National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
This fact sheet provides an overview of secondary traumatic stress and its potential impact on professionals involved in the care of traumatized children and their families. It discusses how to identify secondary traumatic stress and presents strategies for addressing the issue.
Simple activities for children and adolescents - National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
This set of evacuation activities was designed to support families with children during disasters and after times of evacuation. These activity ideas require no (or very few) supplies, and they work for families who are without power or who are still living in damaged areas. The four lists of activities can be found on the Recovery After a Hurricane page, underneath the "NCTSN Resources" heading.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Store - Publications - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS, SAMHSA)
The SAMHSA Store offers free publications and tip sheets on child and adolescent disaster issues.
Supplemental Research Bulletin: Children and disasters - DTAC Bulletin - SAMHSA Disaster Training and Technical Assistance
This Research Bulletin from SAMHSA DTAC examines the emotional impact that natural and human-caused disasters have on children and youth. Developed in July 2012, this bulletin examines five research and literature review articles and provides a discussion of the risk factors linked to children's responses to disaster, protective factors, and resilience. It concludes with suggestions about policy and practice.
Talk, listen, connect: when families grieve - Sesame Street
Presents videos, several of which are for military families, designed to be watched by an adult and child together that address grief and how to cope with the death of a parent or loved one. Includes activities to help children through the grief process.
Talking to children about the shooting - National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
This resource offers tips for parents and other caregivers to help them talk with their children about a shooting, recognize certain reactions as common in children who have witnessed a shooting, model coping strategies, and know when to seek professional mental health assistance for their child.
Teacher guidelines for helping students after a hurricane - National Child Traumatic Stress Network
This fact sheet provides information that educators can use to help children cope with the emotional aftermath of a hurricane, as well as self-care tips for teachers.
Terrorism and Disaster Center, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center - University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Terrorism and Disaster Center
According to its website, the Terrorism and Disaster Center (TDC) "focuses on achieving an effective, nationwide mental health response to the impact of terrorism and disasters on children, families, and communities. TDC works to achieve this goal through the development and evaluation of trainings and educational materials, interventions, and services aimed at addressing the mental health needs of those who experience terrorism and disaster-induced trauma."
The 3 R's of school crises and disasters: Readiness, response, and recovery - National Child Traumatic Stress Network
This resource offers tips to help educators assess their school's preparedness in the event of a crisis or disaster. It includes suggestions and links to resources for each stage.
The courage to remember: training video on child traumatic grief - National Child Traumatic Stress Network, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCTSN, NCCTS)
According to the NCTSN website, this product is a "training video for mental health professionals that presents critical core components for providing trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy to children who suffer from childhood traumatic grief. Includes demonstrations of each treatment component through role-plays conducted by children." There is also a companion guide that presents a more in-depth description of the treatment components (both individual and group interventions) for children and caregivers who have been impacted by traumatic grief. The video is available in both English and Spanish.
Tips for parents on media coverage - National Child Traumatic Stress Network
This tip sheet provides information for parents on how to limit a child's exposure to disturbing media images.
Tips for talking with and helping children and youth cope after a disaster or traumatic event: A guide for parents, caregivers, and teachers - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS, SAMHSA)
This tip sheet for parents and teachers explains how to help children cope with the emotional aftermath of a disaster and includes information on common reactions according to developmental stage.
Traumatic stress in ill or injured children: After the ABC's consider the DEF's - National Child Traumatic Stress Network
This pocket card contains information and important questions for hospital staff to ask when determining if a child is at risk for ongoing traumatic stress.
Trinka and Sam: The day the earth shook - National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
This story was developed to help young children and their families talk about feelings and worries they may have after they have experienced an earthquake. The story describes children's reactions and talks about how their parents help them to express their emotions and feel safer. In the back of the booklet, there is a parent guide that suggests ways that parents can use the story with their children. This document is also available in Japanese at http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/trinka_and_sam_earthquake_japanese.pdf [Authors: Ippen, C. M. G., Brymer, M., Grady, J., & Kronenberg, M. Developed in collaboration with the Early Trauma Treatment Network.]
Trinka and Sam: The rainy windy day - National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
This children's book was developed to help young children and their families talk about feelings and worries they have after experiencing a hurricane. The story describes children's reactions and talks about how their parents help them to express their emotions and feel safer. In the back of the booklet, there is a parents' guide that suggests ways that parents can use the story with their children. This publication is also available in Spanish at http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/trinka-y-juan-final-2-11.pdf [Authors: Ippen, C. G., & Kronenberg, M.]
UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters - UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters
According to the center's website, its content includes "evidence-based resources, which were developed using the best science and evidence in training, planning, and preparedness," as well as general information regarding disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
Understanding child traumatic stress - National Child Traumatic Stress Network
This document discusses the cognitive response to danger as it relates to traumatic experiences or traumatic stress throughout all developmental stages, particularly in children. It provides an overview of posttraumatic stress responses and their severity and duration, as well as posttraumatic stress after chronic or repeated trauma.
What happened? The story of September 11, 2001: A discussion guide for parents, caregivers, and educators - American Psychological Association (APA)
This discussion guide is meant to serve as a resource to help parents, caregivers, and educators talk to kids about the difficult emotions that may arise as attention to the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks increases. While this material speaks specifically to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, it can be adapted for all disaster scenarios. [Author: Gurwitch, R. H.]
When can we go home? An activity book for kids who've had to leave their homes - Childswork/Childsplay and Instant Help Publications
This book contains 13 activities designed to help children build resilience and cope with the stress of being displaced from their homes. The activities can be modified for younger or older children. [Author: Shapiro, L. E.]
Yale Childhood Violent Trauma Center - National Center for Children Exposed to Violence (NCCEV), Yale Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine
The Yale Childhood Violent Trauma Center operates a clinic, runs a program to help law enforcement respond more effectively to children and families who have been exposed to violence, and developed and provides training in the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI). The center also conducts research, provides consultation to individuals and communities affected by disasters, and offers training not only in CFTSI, but also in other areas for police officers and clinicians at the postgraduate level.