Disaster And Emergency Relief Resource Guide

Assistance finding food, shelter, loved ones and pets

Helping1. The American Red Cross provides extensive databases to assist you in your need for food and shelter and your recovery of loved ones and pets. Locate your local Red Cross at www.redcross.org, and then click on the Get Assistance Tab.

The Red Cross provides online guidance for recovery of varied disasters including chemical, poisoning, terrorism, thunderstorms, tornados, tsunamis, power outages, volcanos, wildfires, winter storm emergencies, earthquakes, floods flu, heat waves, food safety, droughts and landslides.

Coping with the stresses of disasters and other traumatic events

1. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers resources for coping with disasters at: www.fema.gov/coping-disaster. The information provided on this site focuses on easing disaster-related stress. The information on helping children is organized with ‘Reaction by Age’ descriptors.

2. The American Psychological Association provides resources and tips for recovery from traumatic events and disasters including anxiety, disaster- related trauma and PTSD at www.apa.org

3. Children need special assistance during disasters. A booklet created by FEMA and the American Red Cross entitled Helping Children Cope with Disaster can be found at: http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m14740413_Helping_children_cope_with_disaster_-_English.pdf

LifeRaft4. www.helpguide.org offers expert guidance on stress related to traumatic events, PTSD and grief. There is relevant information concerning emotional recovery after a disaster including tips on coping, the importance of support, managing media coverage, acknowledging and accepting feelings and additional insights on helping children.

5. Resources for helping children cope with tragedy- related anxiety and incidents of mass violence can be found at www.mentalhealthamerica.net. This site allows sorting by specific issues.

6. www.samhsa.gov/trauma provides parents, teachers and caregivers assistance for coping with violence and traumatic events. Additionally, www.samhsa.gov offers Disaster Distress Helplines through telephone, text talk, Facebook, and Twitter.

7. A comprehensive listing of government support and agencies is offered in both Spanish and English at www.usa.gov. Go to Public Safety and Law> Disasters and Emergencies.