Recovering from Disasters and Other Disruptions
After disasters and other breaks in continuity of services, child welfare agencies' tasks are continuing to manage, capturing lessons learned, and rebuilding better systems. In this section find Federal and State resources for longer term recovery and rebuilding from natural disasters or other major unexpected events, including resources on mental health services and research.
Consolidates disaster assistance information in one place. This secure, user-friendly U.S. Government web portal allows users to apply for assistance online following a presidentially declared disaster.
Disaster Distress Hotline
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Offers 24/7 toll-free crisis support services to residents in the U.S. and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress related to natural or man-made 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.
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Supports citizens and first responders to ensure that they work together to build, sustain, and improve their capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
Hurricane Recovery Assistance
U.S. Department of Labor
Provides information on income and job assistance programs available to individuals in hurricane-affected States.
Hurricane Recovery Resources
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Provides resources related to hurricane recovery and housing issues.
National 211 Collaborative
United Way & AIRS
Connects citizens to essential human service organizations and agencies within their communities.
Re-establishing Normalcy: Helping Families Address the Long-Range Effects of Disaster Through Case Management (PDF - 38 KB)
National Human Services Assembly (2006)
Suggests principles for case management that increase the likelihood that families and individuals affected by disaster will be well served.