As the story begins to unfold in Oklahoma there will be numerous questions and strong emotions raised from children and adults alike. Below, I have complied a list of resources focusing on tragedy and natural disasters. Some of the links are repeated from my post on the Boston Tragedy, while others are new. I hope this will be helpful as we deal with this unfortunate event across the country.
- Tornadoes (Ready, FEMA)
- Tornadoes (CDC)
- Responding to Natural Disasters: Helping Children and Families: Information for School Crisis Teams (NASP)
- Helping Children After a Natural Disaster: Information for Parents and Teachers (NASP)
- New Schools for Students With Disabilities: Tips for Families Who Have Been Relocated (NASP)
- Hurricane Katrina and Relocated Students With Special Needs: Recommendations for Receiving Schools (NASP)
- Coping with Shelter-in-Place Emergencies (Red Cross via NASP)
- Natural Disasters (Chapter 30--Best Practices in School Crisis Prevention and Intervention, 2nd ed)
- Helping Children Cope After a Traumatic Event (Child Mind Institute)
*Though this pertains to violent acts, similar actions can and should be taken in regards to media exposure.
- Coping with Disaster (Ready, FEMA)
- Managing Traumatic Stress (APA)
- Managing Traumatic Stress: After a Tornado (APA)
- Helping Children Cope (FEMA)
- Coping with Frightening Events (Boston's Children's Hospital)
- Talking to Children After Tragedy (Boston's Children's Hospital)
- Coping in Unsettling Times: Tips for Students (NASP)
- Identifying Seriously Traumatized Children (NASP)
- Recovering from Disaster (Ready, FEMA)
- Taking care of your emotional health (Red Cross)
- Managing Strong Emotional Reactions (NASP)
- Recovering Emotionally (Red Cross)
- Building Your Resilience (APA)
Additional resources can be found on the NASP Pinterest Board: School Safety and Crisis Resources. The Oklahoma School Psychology Association can be found here, though there are no updates regarding the recent tragedy as of this posting (5/22/13). The National Emergency Assistance Team is also a resource to access.
While the northeast is not as susceptible to tornadoes (though they can happen), we experienced Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 and the devastation that came with it. Regardless of the type of tragedy (natural disaster or violence), preparedness is key. NASP's PREPaRE Training is a great opportunity to prepare for and recover from those events out of our control in order to maintain, and prevent those within our control. If you have not participated in a workshop, consider doing so. I have completed the first training and will be looking for opportunities to do the second (PREPaRE brochure).
Please keep all of those affected by this terrible tragedy in your thoughts and prayers as they attempt to recover. Consider donating money or sending items to aid this process.
Stay strong and carry on.
Until next thyme,
Until next thyme,