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July 16 2014

criticaljon

What You Can Do With Your Children After a Disaster



Do you know children who have survived a disaster? Many children are survivors of disasters, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, fires, violence, terrorist attacks.

Going through those experiences can be very frightening, very traumatic, and children are particularly susceptible.

Studies have shown that children who experience an initial traumatic event before they are 11 years old are 3 times more likely to develop psychological symptoms than those who experience their first trauma as a teenager or later.

But children are able to cope better with a traumatic event if parents, friends, family, teachers, and other adults in their lives support and help them deal with their experiences. Help should start as soon as possible after the event.

Whereas it is very important to give children the help they need remember that some children may never show distress because they don't feel upset. Others may not give evidence of being upset until several weeks or even months later. Other children may not show change in behavior but they may still need your help.

After a Disaster will give you ideas on how you can help your children cope with a disaster and help them return to normal life again.
Content areas:
  • Behaviors children may show after a disaster
  • Things parents can do
  • Strengthen your children's self-concept
  • Activities for children
Resources for adults and children are listed at the back of the booklet.

More related resources
Sold Out After Crisis - http://SoldoutAfterCrisisGuides.net
FEMA for Kids - http://www.ready.gov/kids
Help Kids Cope With Frightening News - http://www.childmind.org
criticaljon

The Natural Disaster Causes

Floods, Fires, and Winter Storms

Do you live in a fire prone area or in a flood plain? Do you get severe winter storms, that shut down your community and disrupt your family?

If it is possible for any of these to happen to your family, then you need to read Floods, Fires, and Winter Storms. It is designed to help adults help children be prepared if such events occur.

 Children are able to cope most easily if they understand what happens and if they know what to do - if they are prepared. Take a little time to get ready - but do get ready - and read Floods, Fires, and Winter Storms to give you ideas.
Content areas:
  • Prepare a family survival plan
  • Learn about floods, fires, and winter storms
  • Things children can do
  • Feelings
  • Helpers
  • Things adults can do
Ideas of items needed for a Family Supply Kit as well as other kits are listed at the back of the booklet.

Hurricanes and Tornadoes

Did you know: that thunderstorms (which give birth to both hurricanes and tornadoes) are part of the earth's air-conditioning system?

That about 16 million thunderstorms happen around the world every year? That hurricanes begin over tropical waters but there have never been any hurricanes at the equator? That at the center of a tornado wind speeds can reach 300 miles an hour (the fastest winds on earth)?

We can't do anything to control the weather, to prevent hurricanes and tornadoes, but we can prepare ourselves to cope with them. Children are able to cope most easily if they understand what happens and if they know what to do - if they are prepared.

Read Hurricanes and Tornadoes to get ideas of how you can prepare your children before a storm occurs, and how to help them recover after the fright of experiencing a hurricane or tornado.
Content areas:
  • Prepare a family survival plan
  • Learn about hurricanes and tornadoes
  • Things children can do
  • Feelings
  • Helpers
  • Things adults can do
Ideas of items needed for a Kids Activity Survival Kit, as well as other kits are listed at the back of the booklet.
criticaljon
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