Learn about regulations and guidance designed to help grantees recover from a disaster. Identify resources parents and families can use to help children feel safe and cope with a crisis. Review a broad range of programs and agencies that can help families and programs prepare for an emergency and recover from a disaster.
Regulations and Guidance
General Disaster Recovery Flexibilities
Review ACF-IM-HS-19-01 to find ongoing program and fiscal flexibilities that grantees impacted by disasters in areas subject to a national, state, or local emergency or disaster declaration can use to serve children and families in affected communities.
Disaster Recovery Funding for 2018 and 2019 Disasters
Explore ACF-PI-HS-19-01 to learn how to request disaster recovery funds for Head Start and Early Head Start program recovery, including program service modifications, and enhanced health and mental health services. Discover how to request funds for a replacement of damaged or destroyed property and facilities following hurricanes, typhoons, wildfires, and earthquakes occurring in calendar year 2018 and tornadoes and floods occurring in calendar year 2019.
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria Disaster Assistance Funds
Review ACF-PI-HS-18-02 to find out how to request disaster assistance funds to restore Head Start and Early Head Start program services following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, including replacement of damaged or destroyed property and facilities.
Disaster Recovery from 2017 Hurricanes
ACF-IM-HS-17-02 removes barriers to make it easier for Head Start agencies to meet the needs of those children and families affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, especially children and families newly experiencing homelessness.
Strategic Maintenance Planning Tool
Use this tool to strategically budget the cost, maintenance expenses, and ongoing upkeep of an agency's facility and other key assets.
Parent and Family Resources
Helping Your Child Cope After a Disaster
Explore this tip sheet to find out what families and staff can do to help a child after a disaster or crisis. Discover ways to assure a child that steps are being taken to help keep everyone safe.
Children's Responses to Crises and Tragic Events
Learn about the behavioral changes families and staff might see in children's responses to a crisis and identify resources that can help them through it.
Explore these resources to find out how parents and guardians can help children cope after a disaster.
Exploring Approaches and Strategies for Human Services and Child-Serving Institutions to Promote Resiliency and Recovery for Children and Youth Affected by Natural Disasters
Use this research-based report to identify how to best serve the emotional and psychological needs of children and their families in the face of natural disasters.
Disaster Recovery: A Guide to Recovery
Learn how to emotionally support children, senior citizens, people with disabilities, and people for whom English is not their first language as they recover from a disaster.
National Hurricane Survival Initiative (NHSI)
Find out how to get yourself, your family, and your home prepared as hurricane season approaches.
The Response to Superstorm Sandy Highlights the Importance of Recovery Planning for Child Care Nationwide
Use this report to build on the lessons from Superstorm Sandy to develop disaster plans for child care.
Find out how the Small Business Administration works through its Office of Disaster Assistance to provide financial assistance following a disaster. Discover how they support businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters.
The National Flood Insurance Program
Learn how the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program reduces the impact of flooding on private and public structures. The program provides affordable insurance to property owners. It also encourages communities to adopt floodplain management regulations.
Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS)
Discover how the IBHS helps to identify and promote ways to strengthen communities against natural and human disasters.
National Incident Management System (NIMS)
Explore how the Emergency Management Institute works with communities to offer preparedness training. It is in support of the NIMS Training Program.
Child Care Center Design Guide
Use this guide from the U.S. General Services Administration to develop centers that are child-oriented, developmentally appropriate, beautiful, environmentally sensitive, health-promoting, and functional.
Prescription for Healthier Building Materials: A Design and Implementation Protocol
Programs can use this step-by-step guide to select safer materials for humans and the environment. Find ways to design and build with healthier materials and understand the differences between material transparency and chemical avoidance.
Resource Type: Article
National Centers: Program Management and Fiscal Operations
Audience: Directors and Managers
Last Updated: December 16, 2022