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Preparedness Resources for Professionals
Find resources to help child welfare and other professionals prepare for disasters.
Disaster Planning Child Welfare Law Issues
ABA Center on Children and the Law
Provides information on legal and judicial system responses to the needs of children and families affected by disasters.
Child Welfare Matters (PDF - 532 KB)
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (Spring 2006)
Contains articles that focus on ways child welfare agencies can prepare for and cope with disasters, including coordinating emergency management and supporting child welfare workers during a disaster.
Children and Disasters
American Academy of Pediatrics
Provides resources and educational tools and tips for medical professionals, child care providers, and families to prepare for a wide array of natural and other disasters.
Coping With Disasters and Strengthening Systems: A Framework for Child Welfare Agencies (PDF - 1032 KB)
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (2007)
Helps managers consider strategies to cope with disasters and highlights how taking these steps can improve systems for serving children and families.
Disaster Preparedness and Relief
National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections
Provides links to disaster relief resources, organized by topic.
Disaster Preparedness and Response Resource Center
Corporation for National and Community Service
Provides disaster preparedness and response resources for service and volunteer programs, including online trainings, information about effective practices, and links to other resources.
Disaster Preparedness for Families of Children With Special Needs (PDF - 712 KB)
Florida Institute for Family Involvement (2006)
Helps parents plan for caring for a child with special needs during a major disaster, including tips on how to cope in the aftermath of such an event. Also available in Spanish (PDF - 475 KB).
Disaster Preparedness Resource Guide for Child Welfare Agencies (PDF - 492 KB)
Annie E. Casey Foundation (2009)
Offers step-by-step recommendations, best practices, and a compilation of resources to assist child welfare agencies with disaster preparedness. The guide's recommendations are meant to be adaptable for use by agencies in States and Tribes across the United States.
Disaster Research Training for Children and Families
Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, University of Washington School of Public Health (2007)
Provides materials and session recordings from a training series to provide the skills, information, and resources needed to conduct disaster mental health research with children and families.
Disasters and Emergencies
Provides links to Federal Government websites that provide information about preparing for disasters and emergencies, including hurricanes, fires, and floods.
National Preparedness Directorate
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Provides emergency management training to enhance the capabilities of Federal, State, local, and Tribal government officials, volunteer organizations, and the public and private sectors to minimize the impact of disasters on the American public.
National Health Security Strategy of the United States of America
United States Department of Health and Human Services (2009)
Presents the nation's first National Health Security Strategy, which is intended to help galvanize efforts to minimize negative health consequences associated with significant natural or artificial phenomena.
Preparing an Agency for Disaster
Children's Bureau Express, 6(10), 2005/2006
Discusses issues that child welfare agencies should consider when developing their disaster plans in the wake of the experiences of Louisiana's child welfare professionals after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
State Emergency Planning and Preparedness Recommendations for Maternal and Child Health Populations
Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (2007)
Offers resources that provide practical advice to meet the needs of maternal and child health populations before, during, and after an emergency. This guide was developed to ensure that the needs of women and children are clearly addressed as part of statewide emergency preparedness. (PDF - 908 KB)
Tools for Teachers and Parents
American Red Cross
Provides preparedness materials specifically designed for classroom/school use.