Responding to a Crisis
Crisis, emergency, disaster, catastrophe, tragedy, trauma -- all are words heard too frequently at schools today. Almost every school has had a major crisis; every school is likely to have one. Besides natural disasters such as earthquakes and fires, students experience violence and death related to the suicide of friends, gang activity, snipers, hostage-taking, and rape. Some students react with severe emotional responses -- fear, grief, post traumatic stress syndrome. Moreover, such experiences and other events that threaten their sense of worth and well-being can produce the type of intense personal turmoil that leads students to think about hurting themselves or others.
The Following links provide a variety of quick aids, resources and materials for use in crisis prevention and response.
- From our Center:
- Crisis Response Checklist
- Psychological First Aid
- Major Facets of Crisis Response
- Responding to a Crisis: A Few General Principles
- The School's Role in Addressing Psychological Reactions to Loss
- Planning and Action for the MH Needs of Students and School Staff after a Major Disaster
- Quick Find for a range of Other Resources and Information
- Hot Lines
- From FEMA:
- School Emergency Plan
- Psychological First Aid for Teachers and Schools
- School and Workplace
- Community Preparedness Toolkit
- Student Evacuation (part of Community Preparedness Webinar Series)
- From National Association of School Psychologists (NASP):
- From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network:
- Resources Related to Hurricane Response and its Aftermath
- Resources for Responding to and Coping with Hurricane Related Events
A list of resources for students, mental health practitioners and school staff dealing with the hurricane's aftermath
- Previous Information From the Center Related to the Response to Hurricane Katrina
- Hurricane Resources from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- Sesame Street Hurricane Toolkit
- Re: Wildfires
- Coping with the Impact of Wildfires
- Re: Floods
- Resources related to flood recovery
- Re: Violence/Shooting
- Resources for Responding to and Preventing School Violence and Suicide from SAMHSA's Safe Schools / Healthy Students Initiative
- Talking to Children About School Shootings (from the APA)
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