Responding to Natural Disasters

crisisBelow are a just a few  resources to specifically assist you in working with students, schools, families and communities following a natural disaster.   For a more comprehensive list of Crisis Response Resources, please click here.  (Resources are included to assist in responding to a tragic death; trauma; crisis; death of a student, student’s family member or staff person; suicide;  homicide; school shooting; etc. )

If you have additional resources that you have found useful, please let us know so we can include those as well.

Disaster Distress Helpline   Call 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.

helplineThe Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with the many issues and problems that might arise from  tragedy.  Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Helpline immediately connects callers to trained and caring professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the nationwide network of centers. Helpline staff will provide confidential counseling, referrals, and other needed support services.  The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week national hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling. The toll-free Helpline is confidential and multilingual, and available for those who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of natural or man-made disasters, incidents of mass violence, or any other tragedy affecting America’s communities.


Louisiana Flood:

FEMA Louisiana Flood Recovery    Provides updated information on recovery response as well as applications for assistance.

FEMA Provides Free App:  “If you’re in impacted parishes, you can also download FEMA’s app to your smartphone so you can locate and get directions to open shelters across the state, and receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five difference locations anywhere in the United States. ”

NOLA:  The Time Picayne provides options for ways people can help  New Orleans and surrounding areas.

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune


General:

CSMH Resource Guide for Dealing with Disasters   Developed by the Center for School Mental Health

Crisis Intervention Resources for School Personnel.  Developed by School Social Worker, Jerry Ciffone and made available with his permission.  The documents are made available as a gesture of good will to assist school social workers and other school personal wanting to provide emergency mental health assistance to student groups in the aftermath of a student death or other critical incident.  Permission is granted by Jerry Ciffone to download and print these documents for internal use only within the school system where the tragic event has occurred. These documents may not be distributed outside of the school system where used unless special permission has been obtained from Jerry Ciffone. He may be contacted at: jerryciffone@u-46.org

Crisis Prevention and Response:  UCLA’s Quick Find Clearinghouse. 

Dealing with Natural and Man-Made Disasters.   Developed by the Center for School Mental Health

Help Your Child After a Natural Disaster (English)   Translations provided to SSWAA by Melissa Allen Heath, PhD,  Trauma & Crisis Project from Brigham Young University

Spanish,     Document also available in  Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Hmong, Haitian Creole, Tagalog, Tongan, Croatian, and Japanese

National Center for Children Exposed to Violence.  “It is the mission of the National Center for Children Exposed to Violence (NCCEV) to increase the capacity of individuals and communities to reduce the incidence and impact of violence on children and families; to train and support the professionals who provide intervention and treatment to children and families affected by violence; and, to increase professional and public awareness of the effects of violence on children, families, communities and society.”

National Center for Homeless Education Disaster Planning & Resources:  This portion of the NCHE website provides educators and community agencies with resources for addressing the needs of students displaced by disaster.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network.  “The National Child Traumatic Stress Network was established to improve access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events.”

Red Cross   The Red Cross helps disaster victims by providing safe shelter, hot meals, essential relief supplies, emotional support and health services like first aid. Trained Red Cross workers often meet one-on-one with families to develop individual plans and identify available resources to help aid recovery..  Red Cross disaster relief focuses on relieving immediate disaster-caused needs so that families can get back on their feet and resume their lives as quickly as possible. The Red Cross also supports emergency workers, links family members outside the disaster area, and provides blood and blood products to disaster victims.

Resources for Dealing with Traumatic Events in Schools   Developed by the Center for School Mental Health

Responding to Natural Disasters.  Information for school crisis teams from the National Association of School Psychologists.

UCLA Clearinghouse of Crisis Response Resources      Crisis Response (quick resources for people to get to when a crisis occurs).


Hurricane:

College Students Coping after the Hurricane is a brief fact sheet designed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) to support students who are recovering from Superstorm Sandy. It describes common reactions students may experience, suggests ways to enhance their capacity for coping, and gives a checklist of specific strategies students can use in the aftermath of the disaster.

Hurricane Sandy Emergency Response and Education Resources.  The U.S. Department of Education has established a toll-free Hurricane Sandy Hotline (1-855-385-9985) and Hurricane Sandy email address (EdSchoolInfo@ed.gov).  The purposes of the hotline and email address are to provide answers to questions, make references to helpful resources, and share information.  ED is working closely with other federal agencies, such as FEMA, HHS, and USDA, to ensure continuation of critical services to students, families, and educators and the restoration of the learning environment.

Hurricane Tools and Resources.    Resources for parents and caregivers developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Resources for Responding to and coping with Hurricane related events  Developed by UCLA’s Center for School Mental Health

“Schools Respond to Philippines’ Disaster” provided with permission from the UCLA School Mental Health Project. 


Tornado:

After the Tornado:  Helping Your Child Heal       National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Después de Pasar por La Experiencia de Un Tornado (Spanish)

Questions to Ask Your Children After the Tornado       National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Teacher Guidelines for Helping Students after a Tornado     National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Tips for Parents on Media Coverage of a Tornado     National Child Traumatic Stress Network

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