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Disaster Affected

Both natural and human made disasters are an increasing reality in our world.  Children are often the most vulnerable to the impacts of disaster and need caring adults to provide safety and support in the aftermath of such traumatic events.

Whether a disaster occurs right in our schools, in our local communities, or farther away from home, children (and their families) who experience disasters may have unique and specific needs for support.  The stress and trauma associated with disasters can impact children and families in many physical, social, and emotional ways, sometimes unforeseen.

The following links are helpful tools for families, schools, and other child serving systems supporting children who have been affected by disasters.

Post Trauma Booklet for Parents, Guardians and Child Serving Professionals - opens in PDF format

Tips for Talking With and Helping Chidren and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event -opens in PDF format

Tips for Talking with Children and Youth After Traumatic Events: A Guide for Parents and Educators - opens in PDF format

American Academy of Pediatrics - Children and Disasters