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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.

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