Families & Children

Families which include young children are especially vulnerable to the effects of a disaster or traumatic event. Children depend on daily routines to make them feel safe and protected.

When a disaster occurs, the fear and anxiety that children experience is very real and may result in behaviors ranging from difficulty in sleeping to separation anxiety to aggression or withdrawal. Children may need extra support and love from their caregivers.

Since children imitate adult behavior, they may mirror a parent’s method of coping with an emergency. Maintaining a sense of control, being honest and as calm as possible will help to reduce the traumatic feelings that children may experience.

Disaster Planning

The American Academy of Pediatrics resources:

Disaster Planning Materials for Child Care Providers – National Child Care Resource Referral Agencies (NACCRRA).

 

Special Sites for Children

Helping Children Cope

Additional Resources