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Coping with natural disasters collection

The devastation and loss of life from events such as hurricanes or a tornado can be emotionally damaging to children. These resources will help you and your students understand and cope with natural disasters.

How You Can Help Teachers and Students Affected by Natural Disasters

Every time a disaster affects our education community, the AFT family rallies together to help in the recovery effort. Join the AFT Community on DonorsChoose.org to support students in need. If your students or classrooms were affected, create a project and get the help you need.

Classroom Resources

Recovering from Traumatic Events
The Department of Education provides practical information for those who are coping with the aftermath of a natural disaster, as well as those who are helping those affected.

Helping Youth Cope After a Disaster
This publication from SAMHSA describes common reactions children of different age groups experience after a disaster or traumatic event, and offers tips for how to respond in a helpful way and when to seek support.

School Crisis Resources
The National Association of School Psychologists has multiple resources for helping students cope with natural disasters and trauma.

Coping with Disaster
This resource from FEMA includes four sections: understanding disaster events, signs of disaster-related stress, easing stress, and helping kids cope with disaster.

Providing Support During Times of Loss
The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement discusses how to provide supports to children after a crisis.