Emergencies and disasters come in many forms, at any time or place, often with little or no warning. Supportive tools like the Bee CALM Backpack can decrease its impact on a child’s social and emotional well-being.
Emergencies can have serious effects on the mental health of staff, children, and families. Profound sadness, grief, and anger are all normal reactions to emergencies such as natural disasters, health pandemics, and violence.
These resources explore the mental health aspects of addressing emergencies. Learn concrete strategies (e.g. psychological first aid) to use when preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies from a mental health perspective. Also, check out trauma and resilience.
Stay safe procedures help staff know what to do if an intruder enters the facility. This resource focuses on how to prepare for and address the developmental needs of young children during stay safe drills.
Emergencies can have serious effects on the mental health of staff, children, and families. Learn concrete strategies to use when preparing for and responding to emergencies from a mental health perspective.
Explore how staff can plan and prepare before a natural disaster for the mental health needs of children, families, and staff that follow in the wake of an event.
These resources will help early childhood programs learn more about emergency preparedness, response, and recovery.
After a disaster or crisis, children benefit when adults assure them that they are safe and help them learn how to cope effectively. In this tip sheet, learn what to do to help a child after a disaster or crisis.
Children's Responses to Crises and Tragic Events