Resources for Supporting Children After a Disaster

Resources for Supporting Children After a Disaster

At CEDR we care deeply about supporting the resilience of communities impacted by disasters. We have found there are two critical areas in which communities need the greatest support in the first few days of the recovery process, after a natural disaster:   (a) Guidance with basic information about the recovery process, including how to get support for their basic needs. [Information covering this area will be posted on a separate page tomorrow]; (b) Support and guidance on how to help children after a disaster. To that end, we have created this resource page to help parents, teachers and caregivers, support children after a disaster.

How to Help Children Cope After a Disaster

The resources below have been separated  into several age-specific resources:

How Big Bird and Sesame Street residents Get Through a Storm

Video courtesy of Sesame Street. Through the link below you can find ways of discussing with children their feelings and concerns about the hurricane and recovery process.

Here are other resources for talking to your children about Hurricane Florence and its impact:

Guides for Teachers/Educational Staff on how to support children after a disaster The link below describes common reactions students may have, and how teachers/school staff can help them through this process. The North Carolina Public School Forum has created a brief outline for the educational community on how to support families and help reduce trauma in the aftermath of a natural disaster. Here are a few steps to building the emotional support and safety that students need as they come back to school:

  • Stability and order​: In the aftermath of chaos and danger, students need as much structure and predictability as possible to rebuild their sense of safety. They need to know that someone is in charge, has a plan for moving forward, and will take care of them.
  • Community​: Connection to others, and the feeling of coming together to support one another, will also promote feelings of safety and empowerment, particularly when coupled with some of the concrete actions to move forward toward a family’s recovery process [Resources for this will be provided on a separate page at:].
  • Concrete actions​: Help students and families identify clear and concrete tasks to take small steps forward. When needs are overwhelming, help them break down tasks into small, manageable steps [with a focus on meeting basic needs first]. Cooking, cleaning, organizing materials, etc. can all help students and families to focus on immediate goals and regain control. [Resources for this will be provided on a separate page at:].
  • Information on stress reactions and coping skills:​

Hurricane Michael – Resources for Recovery

Activation Period : 11 Oct – 23 Oct 2018

Follow our alerts and conversation via twitter at: @CEDRdigital
Or you may explore our past and current activations via the hashtag #CEDRdigital


Federal Tools and Resources for Hurricane Michael Survivors

Official Florida accounts to follow for live updates on #Hurricane Michael

Florida State-wide Information
Twitter: @FLSERT & @FLGovScott

Map of Food Distribution Points – (Courtesy of Code for America) –

Florida Counties Emergency Management Accounts/Websites:
List of each Florida county emergency management agency and website:

Alert Florida – Statewide Notification Initiative – sign up to receive emergency alerts and other public safety notifications in your community

FREE Apps for Gas/Transportation – helps #Florida find gas for cars and generators:
Gas Buddy – – gives prices and real-time amount of gas at each station
Waze – – use live map or download app – free in #FL/Hurricane Michael

Mapping Tools:

Below you will find two interactive maps, both of which our volunteers contribute work.  The first is a Live Situational Awareness Map showing open shelters, current weather conditions, weather alerts, and more. You can  bookmark/share this Map via the Link:

The second map is a crowd-sourced story map of #HurricaneMichael showing conditions on the ground and from the air. This map is used by first responders, search and rescue crews, volunteer orgs and others in planning how best to support #BayCounty. If you want to help Floridians we have other interesting projects as well. We are sharing this map with the public due to the number of requests we have received from the public. #HurricaneMichael’s Story Map can be shared via this link:

Archive: Florence 2018

Florence 2018


Update: 29 Sept 2018 – 12:01 am ET


CEDR stepped down from its activation for #HurricaneFlorence as of the indicated time above.
Follow our conversation on #Florence via twitter at: @CEDRdigital with any of the related hashtags below along with #CEDRdigital

#Florence #FlorenceNC #NorthCarolina #SouthCarolina

CEDR actively supported the disaster response to #Florence in the states of South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Below you will find a map of shelters, weather conditions, alerts and more. for the above states. You can also bookmark/share the Map Link:



#Maria: Pain Through the Numbers

A year ago today, Hurricane Maria tore through the island of Puerto Rico leaving behind nothing but death and destruction. CEDR felt it was important to honor those who lost their lives and those who are still struggling to move forward, by reflecting their pain through numbers.

2975 – number of Americans who died after Hurricane Maria left a trail of destruction in Puerto Rico. Help honor them by looking up one name in this database, of those who died, and remembering their name for today. Share their story with another human being.

29% – percentage of increase in the suicide rate in the 3 months immediately after Hurricane Maria.

3,000+ – number of people who have attempted suicide since Hurricane Maria.

5,000+ – number of people who have thought of suicide since Hurricane Maria but reached out for help.

– a shoe memorial for those who died.

Hurricane Maria – Poem by Nancy Terrell

The winds started four hours ago
now clocking close to 100 mph –
sounds of a freight train
roaring across our yard.

The TV on for news
but even that disappeared
limbs along with numerous fronds
stricken from the Royal Palms
guarding the front of our home

The back yard appears as though
stuck in an automatic car wash –
Such fury rarely seen
even to those who have been
through so many hurricanes

Dave napping after two days of preperation
emptying the Lanai and my art studio
closing the huge glass doors.
Water up to the top of the pool
flooding as the “eye” moves closer

The most tragic news of all
happening four days ago in the BVI
when Irma hit there –
looking like a war zone with loss everywhere
houses out, trees down, no electricity, phones, water

Not a boat on the island left
mosquitoes are now everywhere.
flooding, mudslides, roofs and windows
crashing in the middle
of what used to be a road

Did god send this torment
or has man finally made himself the god
through weather engineering?

NC Gov Updates Public on #Florence:

North Carolina Governor Updates Public on #Florence:


The storm is far from over, we’re days away from it ending.

Sadly, there have been 3 deaths from the storm and a number of others being investigated.

If you’re in the storm’s path, take shelter.

The Governor urges evacuated people not to try to return home yet: it’s dangerous, makes it harder for first responders, and also impedes efforts to repair utilities.

Many roads are flooded and impassible and will get worse.

More rivers will rise and flood communities over the next few days. Cape Fear and Lumber Rivers will rise as higher or higher than in Hurricane Matthew, this will cause devastating floods. order issued to allow sandbagging in the Lumberton area.

There will be more flooding in Eastern NC and areas from Fayetteville through the sand hills to Charlotte.

Stay alert for flood warnings. If you’re asked to evacuate, go quickly.

Rains will start this weekend in Western NC too. Landslides are possible.

Current focus is saving lives and protecting people. Swift water rescue teams and other first responders have rescued 100s of people in New Bern and are searching flooded areas.

Currently 600k without power in NC. Projects 1 – 2.5 million will lose power.

Once conditions improve, crews will get to hard hit areas with supplies (food, water, other critical items), clear roads and assist with cleanup and recovery.

For people who stayed in their homes, don’t use generators indoors, don’t drive through water, stay indoors, be alert to listen to the radio for warnings about wind, tornados, rising water, orders to shut off gas, water and power.

If you have an emergency call 911.

Shelter information is available at the ReadyNC app downloadable from the website or dialling 2-1-1. The hearing impaired should dial: 888-892-1162.

NC has more than 150 shelters.

*University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has agreed to operate a mass shelter on its campus.*

Acknowledges that some will need long term housing once the storm passes. Efforts are underway.

NC Disaster Relief Fund has been activated for donations: