It has been estimated that about 14% of American youth experience a disaster during their childhood. Exposure to disasters can be direct or indirect, both of which can leave children with lasting behavioral health issues. (SAMHSA, 2018)

Whether a child has personally experienced trauma, has merely seen the event on television, or has heard it discussed by adults, it is important for parents and caregivers to be informed and ready to help if reactions to stress begin to occur.  

Below are some resources child care providers and parents can use in their work with children who have faced a disaster. 


Using Children’s Books for Emergency Preparedness and Response: 


Social-Emotional Resources: 


Tips for Parents and Caregivers