Resources in Response to Hurricane Dorian
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed resources to help families, responders, and communities cope with hurricane recovery. These resources include:
For Individuals and Families:
- Parent Guidelines for Helping Children After Hurricanes
- Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents Without Power or Playing Outside is Limited
- After the Hurricane: Helping Young Children Heal
- College Students Coping After the Hurricane
- Trinka and Sam: The Rainy Windy Day—E-book to help children. (in Creole)
- Helping Young Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers
- Helping School-Age Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers
- Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers
- The Power of Parenting: How to Help Your Child After a Parent or Caregiver Dies
- After the Injury—website for families with injured children.
- Help Kids Cope—a mobile app to assist families cope with hurricanes and flooding.
- Here for Each Other: Helping Families After a Hurricane (from Sesame Street)
For Educators and Health Providers:
- Teacher Guidelines for Helping Children after Hurricanes
- Health Care Toolbox—website for pediatric health providers working with injured children.
Available from the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University:
- Sustaining the Psychological Well-Being of Caregivers While Caring for Disaster Victims
- Safety, Recovery and Hope after Disaster: Helping Communities and Families Recover
- Grief Leadership: Leadership in the Wake of Tragedy
Psychological First Aid:
The NCTSN also has resources for responders on Psychological First Aid (PFA). PFA is an early intervention to support children, adolescents, adults, and families impacted by these types of events. PFA Mobile is an app that can be accessed for free on Apple and Android mobile devices. The NCTSN Learning Center offers a PFA online training course. Additional PFA resources include:
- Parent Tips for Helping Infants and Toddlers
- Parent Tips for Helping Preschoolers
- Parent Tips for Helping School-Age Children
- Parent Tips for Helping Adolescents
- Tips for Adults
SAMHSA has a national Disaster Distress Helpline – for people living in the U.S. seeking emotional support, call 1-800-985-5990 or text TALKWITHUS to 66746.