In response to the tornados that struck Oklahoma over the past few days, we are working closely with our state, tribal and local grantees and partners to determine the impact of these superstorms. The ACF Region VI Office and the ACF Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response (OHSEPR) have been activated to ensure a strong response and recovery for the children and families we serve in the devastated areas.
Here are a few links to resources for helping parents, caregivers, and children cope with this traumatic event:
- Helping your child cope with media coverage of disasters: A fact sheet for parents. Overviews how media coverage of a disaster may affect children and suggests strategies that parents can use to address these effects.
- Tips for talking with and helping children and youth cope after a disaster or traumatic event: A guide for parents, caregivers, and teachers. Helps parents, caregivers, and teachers recognize and address stress responses in children and youth affected by traumatic events such as automobile accidents and disasters. It describes stress reactions that are commonly seen in young trauma survivors from various age groups and offers tips and resources.
- HHS/SAMHSA information on coping with traumatic events. This HHS/SAMHSA website provides many resources for first responders, schools, adults, and families for coping with violence and traumatic events.
- Coping with Disasters in Oklahoma. ACF's list of resources for tornado response.