Helping Children Cope After a Tornado

Our neighbors in Guilford County and Rockingham County are recovering from significant tornado damage that also impacted several of their schools.  We wanted to share some resources that may be useful for counselors, teachers, parents, family members and others who provide support to children following a natural disaster.

This information from the National Association of School Psychologists provides a number of resources, including a printable fact sheet and information on helping students who may experience relocation as the result of a natural disaster. You can also find a Tip Sheet available in Spanish here.  There’s even a section specific to tornadoes:

“Tornadoes. Like earthquakes, tornadoes can bring mass destruction in a matter of minutes, and individuals typically have little time to prepare. Confusion and frustration often follow. Similar to a hurricane, people experience sensations during tornadoes that may generate coping challenges, and it can be difficult to cope with the sights and smells of destruction. Given the capricious nature of tornadoes, survivor guilt has been observed to be an especially common coping challenge. For instance, some children may express guilt that they still have a house to live in while their friend next door does not.”

Here is an infographic on how you can help:

Helping Children - Floods

You can also find information here for parents, kids and educators from the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA.  This website includes lesson plans to help our students be informed and prepared before a possible weather-related disaster occurs.

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