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Responding to Natural Disasters
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Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who are impacted by Natural Disasters.   

Below are a just a few resources specifically grouped to assist you in working with students, schools, families and communities following a natural disaster.  Resources are also included to assist in responding to a tragic death; trauma; crisis; death of a student, student's family member or staff person; suicide;  homicide; school shooting; etc.  
For a more comprehensive list of Crisis Response Resources, please click here.  If you have additional resources that you have found useful, please let us know so we can include those as well. 

Disaster Distress Helpline   Call 1-800-985-5990 or text "TalkWithUs" to 66746.

The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with the many issues and problems that might arise from  tragedy.  Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Helpline immediately connects callers to trained and caring professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the nationwide network of centers. Helpline staff will provide confidential counseling, referrals, and other needed support services.  The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week national hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling. The toll-free Helpline is confidential and multilingual, and available for those who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of natural or man-made disasters, incidents of mass violence, or any other tragedy affecting America's communities.

SSWAA Members:  Click here  for complete list of resources.


Hurricane Tools and Resources.    Resources for parents and caregivers developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Resources for Responding to and coping with Hurricane related events  Developed by UCLA's Center for School Mental Health

"Schools Respond to Philippines' Disaster" provided with permission from the UCLA School Mental Health Project. 


After the Tornado:  Helping Your Child Heal       National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Teacher Guidelines for Helping Students after a Tornado     National Child Traumatic Stress Network  

Tips for Parents on Media Coverage of a Tornado     National Child Traumatic Stress Network


CSMH Resource Guide for Dealing with Disasters   Developed by the Center for School Mental Health

Crisis Prevention and Response:  UCLA's Quick Find Clearinghouse. 

Dealing with Natural and Man-Made Disasters.   Developed by the Center for School Mental Health

Red Cross   The Red Cross helps disaster victims by providing safe shelter, hot meals, essential relief supplies, emotional support and health services like first aid. Trained Red Cross workers often meet one-on-one with families to develop individual plans and identify available resources to help aid recovery..  Red Cross disaster relief focuses on relieving immediate disaster-caused needs so that families can get back on their feet and resume their lives as quickly as possible. The Red Cross also supports emergency workers, links family members outside the disaster area, and provides blood and blood products to disaster victims.

Responding to Natural Disasters.  Information for school crisis teams from the National Association of School Psychologists.

UCLA Clearinghouse of Crisis Response Resources      Crisis Response (quick resources for people to get to when a crisis occurs).  


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