Emergency Response and Recovery

These materials have been compiled to provide resources to Head Start programs and parents in supporting the children and families in areas disrupted by disasters. Programs play a critical role in providing stability, safety, nurturing, and access to resources.

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping'." ― Fred Rogers

Social Emotional Support for Children

Maintain your daily routine. Be available. Be flexible and patient. Avoid too much news media coverage. Take care of yourself.

Social Emotional Support for Adults

  • The Long-term Impact of a Traumatic Event. HHS/SAMHSA. 2002.
  • Psychological First Aid for Adults [PDF, 239KB]. National Child Traumatic Stress Network. 2006.
  • Call the SAMHSA Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events Hotline at 1-800-985-5990 or text 'TalkWithUs' to 66746.

Disaster Recovery for Families

Disaster Recovery for Head Start Programs



Last Reviewed: December 2016

Last Updated: December 13, 2016