Dealing With DisastersDuring disasters, it can be hard to know what to do, and how to deal with unimaginable tragedy, destruction and loss… this list has resources available on the Internet, for Adults, Adolescents, Children, with information on traumatic stress, stress in disasters, how to cope, how to talk to your family and children about a disaster. Soon to be added, tips and resources to help pets, in field, international, and multilingual resources…
Red Cross: Searching for Family Members
During an emergency, letting your family know that you are safe can bring loved ones peace of mind. If you have a loved one in a disaster-affected area and are unable to contact them directly, please visit our Safe and Well service to see if your family member has registered. If no information is available, contact your local Red Cross chapter to request assistance.
Resources on the Web:
General & Adult Resources
Coping with Traumatic Stress Reactions -from VA WebpageFact Sheet on Stress- National Institute of Mental Health -Webpage, and PDF available PTSD Meetup Groups- Search in your local area Coping With Traumatic Events- SAMHSHA webpage Taking Care of You Coping Guidelines – From American Red Cross Red Cross Trauma & Emotional Support – all pdfs, all languages for download Trauma Information on Mental Health & Coping- Webpage Coping with Traumatic Stress Coping With Stress– CDC- Webpage
Adolescent & Children Resources for ParentsHelping Children Cope with Disaster (from FEMA)
Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: For Parents (From National Institue of Health)
Where to Get Help for PTSD: General, Family, Military -National Center for PTSD Helping Children Cope in Unsettling Times: Tips for Parents and Teachers– NASP
What Community Members Can Do: Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters- National Institute of Mental Health -Webpage, and PDF available
National Help Hotlines For USA
“Feeling stressed? If you or someone you know has been affected by a disaster and needs immediate assistance, please call this toll-free number for information, support, and counseling. You will be connected to the nearest crisis center.”
Text TalkWithUs to 66746
TTY for Deaf/Hearing Impaired:
Also you can call:
Samariteens Emotional Support Hotline (For Teens) 800-252-8336
24 hours a day: 617-247-0220 and 508-875 4500
Ready.gov on Recovering from Disasters:
Recovering from a disaster is usually a gradual process. Safety is a primary issue, as are mental and physical well-being. If assistance is available, knowing how to access it makes the process faster and less stressful. This section offers some general advice on steps to take after disaster strikes in order to begin getting your home, your community and your life back to normal.
This originally started as a spreadsheet and I wanted to make the list more publicly available in wake of the Boston Marathon Bombings, and more recently, the Texas and Oklahoma Tornadoes this month… Tragedies and disasters can be stressful and anxiety provoking. We are all human, we are all breakable. If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask for it, seek it out!