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Coping Resources

Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events
This web site features resources for students, schools, adults, families, and first responders coping with violence or traumatic events. It also provides information on how to contact SAMHSA"s Disaster Distress Helpline. Visit Web site
Disaster Distress Helpline Twitter and Facebook Accounts
A program of @samhsagov, our hotline (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text TalkWithUs to 66746) operate 24/7 for those in distress related to disasters in the U.S. Twitter hashtag: @distressline Follow on Twitter Like on Facebook
Disaster Preparedness to Meet Children's Needs
Disaster preparedness plans must ensure that health care facilities, medical providers, and all adults who might be in a position to help are prepared to meet the emotional needs of children of all ages and developmental stages. This website provides resources on helping children understand...
Disaster Recovery: A Guide to Financial Issues
The American Red Cross has gathered this information to speed financial recovery after a disaster. This online booklet  includes sections on restoring household stability, stablizing finances, managing a property loss, and looking ahead. Visit Website
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): Ready Kids
Ready Kids is a nationwide effort designed to encourage children and families to take action and prepare for emergencies. This Web site for children features games and activities that teach kids how to create an emergency supply kit and to make a plan in case of an emrgency. Visit the Web site
Fostering Resilience in Children
This brief provides an overview of the nature of resilience, and looks at the importance of caring relationships, high expectations, and opportunities for participation. View Brief Online
Helping Children Cope in Unsettling Times: Tips for Parents and Teachers
Disaster situations can be unsettling for young people. The sense of confusion and uncertainty experienced by many adults regarding their financial situation can be transmitted to children. As a result, children may be confused or fearful that they or their family are at financial risk. Adults need...
Helping Children Cope With Crisis: Care for Caregivers
NASP created this guide for educators, parents, and caregivers to assist children coping with a crisis. The guide discusses the challenge of caregiving, the role of the caregiver, potential for burnout, signs of burnout, and preventing burnout. Download Guide (PDF,54 KB)
Helping Children Rebound: Strategies for Preschool Teachers
This booklet presents teaching strategies that address the specific needs of children who have experienced the 2005 hurricane disasters, but the strategies are relevant to any teacher working with students affected by a natural disaster or traumatic event. It helps teachers purposefully observe...
Helping Children Transition to a New School: Tips For Parents in Tough Economic Times
As a result of changes to family economic situations, many students may find themselves startingschool someplace new either immediately or in the coming school year. Relocating can resultfrom job changes, moving in with grandparents or other relatives, losing a home, or many othereffects that...