A Compilation of Resources for Schools Impacted by Natural Disasters

Natural disasters and traumatic events are not normal or routine events and therefore significantly disrupt our daily routines. The recent weather events have had substantial impact on and will continue to present challenges to families, schools, and communities. Everyone is affected and no one is exempt. As individuals struggle to cope with these stressful situations, human interactions can often become strained and the need to support each other is stronger than ever.

U.S. Department of Education
Emergency Response
Contact Center

https://www.ed.gov/hurricane-help?src=feature

Call toll free at 1-844-348-4082

SAMHSA
Disaster Distress Helpline

http://www.disasterdistress.samhsa.gov/

1-800-985-5990
 Or Text TalkWithUs to 66746

TTY for Deaf/Hearing Impaired:
1-800-846-8517

Spanish-speakers text messaging:
Hablanos to 66746

Related Resources

Below is a selection of federal and other resources, housed on the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) website or other federal websites that are most relevant to disaster response in K-12 Schools. The NCSSLE team has identified these resources based on relevance to schools responding to natural disasters.

webpages

tools & guides

educational tools

tips

resource lists


mental and behavioral
health resources

 

research articles  

Webpages

Emergency Readiness and Management Webpage (by NCSSLE)

https://safesupportivelearning.ed.gov/topic-research/safety/emergency-readiness-management

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center

http://rems.ed.gov/

FEMA

https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4337

Natural Disasters and Severe Weather by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/index.html

Tools & Guides

Helping Families and Schools Recover in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey Webinar

https://safesupportivelearning.ed.gov/events/webinar/helping-families-and-schools-recover-aftermath-hurricane-harvey 

Texas School Safety Center Severe Weather Toolkit

https://txssc.txstate.edu/tools/weather-toolkit/

Children and Youth Task Force in Disasters: Guidelines for Development (by Administration for Children and Families Office of Human Services, Emergency Preparedness, and Response)

https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/ohsepr/childrens_task_force_development_web.pdf

Planning to Recover from Emergencies at Districts and Schools (by Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center)

Webinar was on August 25, 2017. Webinar materials not yet released but will be located at: http://rems.ed.gov/TA_Webinars.aspx

SAMHSA Disaster Mobile App

http://www.healthysafechildren.org/resource/samhsa-disaster-mobile-app

Helping Children After a Natural Disaster: Information for Families and Educators

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/natural-disaster

Tools and Links for Parents and Caregivers (National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

http://www.nctsn.org/trauma-types/natural-disasters/hurricanes#tabset-tab-5

Teachers Guidelines to Help Students after a Hurricane National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/teachers_guidelines_talk_children_hurricanes.pdf

Educational Tools

Sesame Street Hurricane Toolkit

https://www.sesamestreet.org/search?keyword=hurricane

For Parents After Emergency: https://www.sesamestreet.org/toolkits/emergencies

Books for Kids

 “A Terrible Thing Happened”

Margaret M. Holmes
ISBN # 1-57759-696-X

Dalmation Press
, P.O. Box 682068, 
Franklin, TN 37068-2068

“Reactions”

Allison Salloum

Centering Corporation
, Chicago, Illinois

“Why Did it Happen?”

Janice Cohen (1994
)
Morrow Junior Books, 
New York, NY

Tips

Tips for Parents: Helping Kids Cope with Hurricane Harvey (By Save the Children)

http://www.savethechildren.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=8rKLIXMGIpI4E&b=9506655&ct=15003527&notoc=1

Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: Managing Stress

http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content/SMA13-4776/SMA13-4776.pdf

*This tip sheet is also available in Spanish at http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//SMA13-4776SPANISH/SMA13-4776SPANISH.pdf

Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers

https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Tips-for-Talking-With-and-Helping-Children-and-Youth-Cope-After-a-Disaster-or-Traumatic-Event-A-Guide-for-Parents-Caregivers-and-Teachers/SMA12-4732

Resource Lists

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance (TA) Center Recovery Resources

https://safesupportivelearning.ed.gov/sites/default/files/ED_OSHS_REMS_Recovery_Resources.pdf

Center for School Mental Health: Dealing with Natural & Man-Made Disasters

http://csmh.umaryland.edu/media/SOM/Microsites/CSMH/docs/Resources/ClinicianTools/Dealing-With-Disasters.pdf 

Texas Education Agency Resources

http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Other_Services/Weather_and_Disaster/Hurricane_Harvey_Resources/

Dealing with Natural & Man-Made Disasters (by Center for School Mental Health)

http://csmh.umaryland.edu/media/SOM/Microsites/CSMH/docs/Resources/ClinicianTools/Dealing-With-Disasters.pdf

Helping Students after a Hurricane (by American School Counselor Association)

https://www.schoolcounselor.org/school-counselors-members/professional-development/learn-more/helping-students-after-a-hurricane

Flood Information and Resources (by National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

http://www.nctsn.org/trauma-types/natural-disasters/floods

TeacherFirst’s Hurricane Resources

http://www.teachersfirst.com/spectopics/hurricane.cfm

Resources for Immediate Disaster Behavioral Health Response (by SAMHSA)

http://www.cahsd.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Resources-for-Immediate-Disaster-Behavioral-Health-Response.pdf

Disaster Specific SAMHSA Resources

Mental and Behavioral Health Resources

Children and Disasters: Hurricanes, Tornados, and Storms (by American Academy of Pediatrics)

https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Children-and-Disasters/Pages/Hurricanes-Tornadoes-and-Storms.aspx

Manage Flood Related Distress by Building Resilience (by American Psychological Association)

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/flood-distress.aspx

Helping Children Cope (by Ready.gov)

https://www.ready.gov/kids/parents/coping

Helping Children Cope (by FEMA)

https://www.fema.gov/pdf/library/children.pdf

Psychological First Aid (PFA)

http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/materials/manuals/psych-firstaid.asp

Be Red Cross Ready: Taking Care of Your Emotional Health after a Disaster

http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4240142_EmotionalHealth.pdf

Effects of Traumatic Stress After Mass Violence, Terror, or Disaster

http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/trauma/disaster-terrorism/stress-mv-t-dhtml.asp

Psychosocial Issues for Children and Adolescents in Disasters

https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Psychosocial-Issues-for-Children-and-Adolescents-in-Disasters/ADM86-1070R

Research

Media Coverage of Traumatic Events: Research on Effects

http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/trauma/basics/media-coverage-traumatic-events.asp