page contains 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. For example: Disaster behavioral health resources from the
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Disaster Resources Center
- 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. Enter the search term "disaster" for links to the Disaster Resource
Center, frequently asked questions, video clips, clinical resources, research,
American Psychological Association - Scientific and professional
organization representing psychology in the United States. Enter the search
terms, disaster + children, for a collection of resources, articles, and
CDC Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event - Centers for Disease
Control and prevention web page with trauma and disaster mental health
FEMA Helping Children Cope with Disaster
- This booklet offers parents, caregivers, and other adults suggestions on how
to help children cope with the effects of disaster.
Florida Department of
Health, Bureau of Preparedness and Response Disaster Behavioral Resources
- Links to resources to assist families, planners, and professionals including
documents on Age Appropriate Reactions to Trauma, and Common Reactions to Stress
and Tips to Cope.
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 at the
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center serves as a resource for
information, training materials, consultation, and technical assistance to
school systems and others in the areas of crisis and loss.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network - Established to improve access
to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents
exposed to traumatic events. The site contains resources for parents and
caregivers, schools, policy makers, professionals, and the media. Check out the
resources under "Trauma Types" for natural disasters and terrorism.
Needs Assessment Survey: Disaster Mental Health Services for Children -
Example of a survey developed by the King County, Washington Healthcare
Coalition to determine resources utilized and needed by healthcare providers.
Promoting Adjustment and Helping Children Cope - American Academy of
Pediatrics web page with resources for providing psychological support to help
ensure that health care 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 (SAMHSA) -
Disaster Behavioral Health Preparedness and Response Resources - SAMHSA web page
that provides disaster preparedness and recovery resources for professionals who
assist individuals and communities in coping with disaster. Including resources
for children as a population group.