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After a fire – or any other disaster – children can feel frightened, confused and insecure. To help children cope with a traumatic event, whether the child has personally experienced it or seen the event on television, parents, teachers and other caregivers must be informed how best to deal with reactions to stress should they occur.

Some general guidelines to follow include:
  • Attending to the children and listening to what they have to say.
  • Reducing the effects of other stressors on them.
  • Monitoring their healing process.
  • Reminding children that adults are there to support and love them.

Helping Children Cope with Disaster” is a booklet developed by FEMA and the American Red Cross. It offers parents, caregivers and other adults suggestions on how to help children cope with the effects of disaster, as well as how to be prepared before a disaster strikes. There is no cost to download this booklet.

The National Institute of Mental Health’s “Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters,” provides additional information.

Sources:
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Administration, www.fema.gov
United States Fire Administration, www.usfa.fema.gov



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10416 Watterson Trail   |   Jeffersontown, KY 40299   |   Ph: (502) 267-8333   |   Fx: (502) 267-0547