Meeting the Unique Needs of Children During & After a Disaster
- Keep familiar routines to the extent possible.
- Take care of yourself: children do better when their caretakers are not stressed.
- Talk about the event with your child and as a family in an age appropriate manner.
- Engage children in play activities such as drawings and story telling
- Provide older children with constant updates of what is going on in regards to their ability to return to school and other activities that have been temporarily suspended.
- Notice changes in sleep, appetite, mood, and overall disposition.
- Do not expose children to news and/or images of the disaster.
- Provide opportunities for children to see friends and supportive adults.
- Encourage children to express their thoughts and feelings through words, play, writing, drawing, and other mediums as appropriate.
- Listen carefully and observe your child’s behavior.
- If you notice a significant change in your child’s behavior after 4 weeks, consider seeing a professional counsellor.
Individual and Family
- Save the Children
- National Center for Disaster Preparedness
Institutional/Child Care Organizations