Emergency Preparedness Toolkit: Post-Event Trauma
The following webpages contain resources for supporting the mental and emotional health needs of children and families before, during and after a disaster. Resources may be helpful to families, community planners and child care partners, or healthcare system partners.
Disaster behavioral health resources from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
American Psychological Association—Scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the U.S.
CDC Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention webpage with trauma and disaster mental health resources.
FEMA Helping Children Cope with Disaster—This site offers parents, caregivers and other adults suggestions on how to help children cope with the effects of disaster.
National Association of School Psychologists—Association that supports school psychologists to enhance the learning and mental health of all children and youth. The site contains information for parents and educators on coping with crisis and disasters.
National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement—The center aims to promote an appreciation of the role that schools can play in supporting students, staff, and families at times of crisis and loss.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network was established to improve access to care, treatment and services for children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events. The site contains resources for parents and caregivers, schools, policymakers, professionals and the media. Check out the resources under "Trauma Types" for natural disasters and terrorism.
Promoting Adjustment and Helping Children Cope—This American Academy of Pediatrics webpage offers resources for providing psychological support to help ensure that healthcare facilities, medical providers and adults who may be in a position to help are prepared to meet the emotional needs of children and help to mitigate mental health consequences of disasters.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration—Disaster Behavioral Health Preparedness and Response Resources. The SAMHSA webpage provides disaster preparedness and recovery resources for professionals who assist individuals and communities in coping with disaster; it includes resources for children as a population group.
Resources for Florida residents
In light of recent events in Florida, we are highlighting the Florida Department of Health, which offers links to a variety of agencies and organizations where people can find information and help for disaster-related behavioral health concerns.
Contact Florida Health directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 850-245-4444.