Free Resources: Supporting Youth and Families During Disasters

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September is National Preparedness Month, which is a good time to see what resources your organization has on hand for supporting youth and families in emergencies. Whether your region is vulnerable to natural disasters or your organization has an unexpected emergency, year-round preparedness is the key to a swift and safe response that has positive outcomes for everyone involved.

Here is a roundup of user-friendly materials that provide guidance on disaster preparedness and response.

  1. Read our guide to disaster preparedness for organizations that serve runaway and homeless youth.
  2. Access a disaster preparedness training curriculum for domestic violence service providers that was developed by a collaboration of four leading agencies in the field.
  3. Find out how to help pregnant women prepare for emergencies with this fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  4. Print out six tip sheets from the Get Ready campaign that help pregnant women and families with infants prepare for any type of disaster.
  5. Learn how to prevent and respond to sexual violence during and after disasters from the Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault.
  6. Watch a webcast about supporting families, youth and staff who are experiencing post traumatic stress after a natural disaster, presented by the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections.
  7. Check out a range of resources that were hand-picked by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network to help your organization prepare for supporting children and families during disasters.
  8. Follow the steps of The Emergency Planning Guide for Child-Serving Organizations, developed by the Promising Practices Network, to help your organization plan for emergencies.
  9. Discover our slideshow that features five practical tips for preparing youth and staff for emergencies.
  10. See our tips for preparing for building, local and regional emergency evacuations.
  11. Read our primer about individual emergency bags, or Go-Bags, that youth and staff can use during an evacuation.

Publications discussed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth, the Family and Youth Services Bureau, or the Administration for Children and Families.

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