Early Childhood Disaster-Related Resources for Early Childhood Education Providers
Natural and manmade disasters can happen anywhere and at any time. Emergency preparedness at work, at home, and in the community is everyone's responsibility.
Millions of young children are in early childhood centers or homes on a daily basis. Making sure you are ready to keep yourself and the children in your care safe when a disaster strikes is of upmost importance. As a trusted and loved figure in children’s lives, you are also on the front lines of helping children recover and heal after disasters.
These resources can help you and your program with disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
In addition to damaging infrastructure, earthquakes can damage your sense of personal safety. Following an earthquake, it is common for individuals and families in and around the affected areas to experience distress and anxiety about their personal safety as well as the safety of their family, friends, and neighbors. Earthquakes can leave children and teens feeling frightened, confused, and insecure. Addressing the behavioral health impacts of an earthquake is a key component of an individual’s and family’s recovery.
The "Supporting Behavioral Health Needs following an Earthquake" document provides general guidance for identifying behavioral health impacts to individuals after an earthquake with an emphasis on supporting the behavioral health needs of children and youth. The document also lists various behavioral health resources for readers.