Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery Resources from ACF Programs


ACF Programs have developed documents and resources that can help local communities better prepare for disasters.

Administration for Native Americans Emergency Preparedness Information

ACF's Administration for Native Americans developed a resource to provide partners with information related to:

  • The continuation of ANA services in the event of an emergency
  • ANA's role in emergency preparedness
  • ANA's role in emergency response
  • Funding for emergency response

Continuation of ANA Services in the Event of an Emergency


Children's Bureau Disaster Preparedness and Response

The Child Welfare Information Gateway, a service of ACF's Children's Bureau, provides resources to help States and jurisdictions in developing comprehensive disaster preparedness plans and increased capabilities for responding to emergencies quickly and effectively to protect children and families.

Child Welfare Information Gateway - Disaster Preparedness & Response


Office of Child Care Disaster and Emergency Resources

The Office of Child Care created a site which provides CCDF grantees and child care providers with resources for disasters and emergencies.

Child Care Resources for Disasters and Emergencies


Office of Family Assistance Disaster Guidance

This resource summarizes policy and provides guidance with respect to the use of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) funds to enable States and Tribes administering approved Tribal TANF programs to serve families in a State or area(s) in a State covered by a Federal or State disaster Declaration.  Please direct any inquiries to the TANF Program Manager in your region.

TANF-ACF-PI-2007-08 - Using Federal TANF and State Maintenance-of-Effort Funds for Families in Areas Covered by a Federal or State Disaster Declaration


Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs Emergency Management Manual

This manual, developed by the ACF Runaway and Homeless Youth Program, teaches the “Ps and Rs” (prevention and preparedness, response and recovery) of disaster planning for Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs.

Ready for Anything: A Disaster Planning Manual for Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs


Domestic Violence Prevention Disaster Curriculum

This training curriculum was developed by the ACF Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) for disaster response and preparedness personnel. It discusses domestic violence in disaster response situations and links first responders, such as EMTs and police officers, to appropriate services. These comprehensive trainings focus on protocols and referral procedures, accessing domestic violence services, recognizing the warning signs of domestic violence, safety planning, and maintaining ongoing health and wellness initiatives during the crisis response and recovery phase.

Training on the Intersection of Domestic Violence and Disaster


Head Start Guidance for Emergency Planning

The Head Start Emergency Preparedness Manual provides Head Start programs with the latest resources to plan to guide them in planning for an emergency so they can support children, families, and communities before, during, and after an emergency.

Head Start Emergency Preparedness Manual


The Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center, a Head Start Resource, provides relevant information related to emergency preparedness, response and recovery.

Disaster Recovery from 2017 Hurricanes ACF-IM-HS-17-02

Mental Health Resources to Support Response and Recovery

Emergency Preparedness


Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Disaster Relief Information

The Office of Community Services Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) developed documents to assist grantees as they work with their communities to respond to and recover from disaster events.  The two documents will answer frequently asked questions and will assist in identifying what LIHEAP funds can be spent on to assist a community in providing disaster relief.

LIHEAP Q&As on Disaster Relief

LIHEAP Dear Colleague Notice on Disaster Relief and Outreach


Office of Refugee Resettlement Emergency Preparedness Guidance

Newly arriving refugees are among the most vulnerable populations during a disaster due to language barriers and a lack of exposure to U.S. practices around emergencies.  The Emergency Preparedness booklet provided by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (available in multiple languages) introduces refugees to the types of disasters that occur in the United States as well as what to do during them and how to be prepared.

Office of Refugee Resettlement Emergency Preparedness Booklet


Office on Trafficking in Persons Disaster Resources

Many factors make children and adults vulnerable to human trafficking, including disasters. Disasters make children and adults vulnerable to human trafficking because they often create chaos and disrupt systems that are in place to protect people.

Learn the Signs of Trafficking

National Human Trafficking Hotline

The Role of Healthcare Providers in Combating Human Trafficking during Disasters

Last Reviewed: September 13, 2018

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