Children’s Disaster Services (Church of the Brethren)
Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) has been meeting the needs of children by setting up child care centers in shelters and disaster assistance centers across the nation. Specially trained to respond to traumatized children, volunteers provide calm, safe and reassuring presence in the midst of the chaos created by tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, wildfires any natural or human caused disaster. The site has downloadable resources about how to support children experiencing a disaster. They provide brochures, videos and workshops.
Official website of the Department of Homeland Security which contains Children & Disaster resources. The FEMA Children & Disasters Newsletter is a resource for youth preparedness practitioners, educators, parents, children, and teens. It shares timely research, examples of successful youth preparedness programs, safety tips, and resources related to youth preparedness and for specific disaster types. In addition, links are provided for coping with disasters, including a resource for children’s reaction to disasters by age. The Ready website has public education products that provide up-to-date information about how to prepare for emergencies. There is a Fact Sheet and Word Search for Kids with accompanying instructional materials for parents, teachers, and other educators. There is also a section on how to respond and support children by developmental age.
American Red Cross
The Red Cross website has a tab for: children and young adults; resources and schools; tab pets and for people with disabilities. There is also a section on youth preparedness programs. The American Red Cross is committed to helping youth and young adults become better prepared for a disaster or emergency. They work closely with schools, scout groups, and youth-serving organizations to raise awareness of disaster risk and build resiliency among young people. The website has age-appropriate preparedness materials and trainings educate youth with engaging activities and easy action steps.
Save the Children
Save the Children responds to the unique physical and emotional needs of children impacted by international disasters. The site emphasizes both preparedness and responses to emergencies and disasters in the U.S., including issues around childcare.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
To raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States. The site has a link specific for type of trauma and resources and suggestions to assist children, teachers and caregivers. The site also includes research associated with the various types of trauma. In addition, the website provides Psychological First Aid training and handouts.
National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Association for the Education of young children created a resource that includes a list of organizations that help those in need, information on how to talk to young children about disasters they learn about in the media, and preparedness for child care and preschool programs in the U.S. They have also provided information about helping children during and after a disaster. There is also a section on resources to help child care centers and preschool programs prepare for disasters.
This comprehensive list from the American Academy of Pediatrics includes over 130 links to resources for families, child care facilities, and schools. They have a National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters. At www.HealthyChildren.org there are resources on “Psychosocial Needs of Children and Families in Wake of Disasters and Crisis” and those on “Talking to Children about Disasters.”