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As events have shown, it is usually a matter of when something will happen, not if. Being prepared is always a good option.
Michael Gitter, LCSW, clinical case coordinator at Mountain Crest Behavioral Hospital in Fort Collins, provided tips for helping kids cope with their fears and concerns during the High Park Fire 2012.
His suggestions for helping kids can be applied to many emergency situations…
They are safe. There lives are not in danger. It may take a while to sort things out.
Provide a sense of consistency and stability, as best you can. “Things will get back to normal.”
Letting them speak. Ask them open ended questions. Address their fears.
Videos of volcanic eruptions, floods, earthquakes, fires, and the like can provide enriching data and heighten interest, but they can also stimulate anxiety in some students. Taking a few minutes to “check-in” after completing the lesson is a good idea.
The Huffington Post looks at disaster preparedness and what you can do, with a side of humor. From identifying escape routs to how you will reconnect and what to do if you're caught away from home, this article contains a lot of good information. learn more
FEMA has an extensive information on disaster preparedness for kids, teens, families and educators. You can find information, games, coping resources, curriculum, and preparedness kit ideas. learn more
This resource from FEMA includes a fun animated interactive video and encourages people to get involved, providing simple actions that can help save lives. In addition, you'll find additional videos, a web based training program, and instructor and student guides. Good for older students and adults. learn more