Helping Children Cope After a Tornado
Young people react to trauma differently than adults. Some may react right away; others may show signs that they are having a difficult time much later. As such, adults do not always know when a child needs help coping. This page provides resources to help parents, caregivers, and teachers learn some common reactions, respond in a helpful way, and know when to seek support.
Factsheets for parents:
After the Tornado: Helping Young Children Heal (PDF)
- En Español [Después de Pasar por La Experiencia de Un Tornado]
- Parent Guidelines for Helping Children after a Tornado (PDF)
- Questions To Ask Your Children About the Tornado (PDF)
- Tips for Parents on Media Coverage of the Tornadoes (PDF)
- Simplified Children’s Activities when no power or when it is not safe to go outside
- Childhood Traumatic Grief for Parents (PDF)
- En Español [Guía informativa para los padres sobre la aflicción traumática infantil]
Factsheets for teachers:
Factsheets for children and teens:
- Tornado Response for Kids: Right after a Tornado (PDF)
- Tornado Recovery for Kids: Making Things Better (PDF)
- Tornado Response for Teens: Right after a Tornado (PDF)
- Tornado Recovery for Teens: Making Things Better (PDF)
Other Helpful Resources
For Mental Health Professionals
- Using TF-CBT with childhood traumatic grief. http://ctg.musc.edu (6-hour e-learning course)
- Psychological First Aid (PFA) Field Guide
- PFA Online http://learn.nctsn.org (6 hour e-learning course)
- PFA Mobile (mobile app downloadable on iTunes)
- Secondary Traumatic Stress: A fact sheet for Child Serving Professionals
For Disaster Victims
The following resources are available to people who were impacted by the Oklahoma tornadoes:
- Apply for disaster assistance at disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).
- Find an open shelter if you need a place to stay.
- Let friends and family know you're safe by registering at the Safe and Well Registry.
- Talk to a counselor by calling the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990. It's free and confidential.
How to Help Disaster Victims
If you want to help the disaster victims, the State of Oklahoma has donation information available at OKStrong.