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NEW -- The Dialogue: Children and Disasters

This issue of The Dialogue from the SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) highlights the important process of helping children prepare for and cope with their reactions to disasters. A variety of preparedness and recovery resources are offered to better help parents, caregivers, and disaster behavioral health professionals. Additionally, several programs are discussed that can help inspire your community to help children better prepare for and recover after a disaster.

Colorado Flood Resources

Colorado Flood Resources from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE)

  • The Colorado Department of Education compiled information to help school districts and families who have been impacted by the flooding across the state. These resources are intended to help with educational issues associated with natural disasters and to provide information on emergency community assistance.

Colorado Recovery

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Flood Recovery

  • Information and helpful tips on mental health, cleaning up and hygiene, water safety, and worker safety following a flood.


  • Apply for federal resources to help recover and rebuild.

Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Statewide Flood Facts

  • Quick and timely information updated twice daily about Colorado flood information.

Flood Resources from the American Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities (ACEF)

  • Resources for helping schools prevent, prepare, respond to, and recover from flood damage.

Other Natural Disaster Resources

American Red Cross

  • Preparedness Topics
  • Preparedness Tools and Resources, available in multiple languages
  • Prepare Your School
  • Part of the American Red Cross Ready Rating™, a first-of-its-kind membership program designed to help businesses, organizations and schools become better prepared for emergencies. Members join this free, self-paced program and complete a 123-point self-assessment of the level of preparedness to reveal areas for improvement.
  • You’ll learn tips and best practices so you don’t feel like you’re alone out there. And most importantly, members make a commitment to improve their readiness score each year – because preparedness is a continuous process and not a one-time effort.
  • Flooding
  • Thunderstorms
  • Tornadoes
  • Red Cross Apps for mobile devices, available in English and Spanish

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Lessons Learned Information Sharing (

  • Lessons Learned Information Sharing ( is a Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency program. serves as the national, online network of lessons learned, best practices, and innovative ideas for the emergency management and homeland security communities. This information and collaboration resource helps emergency response providers and homeland security officials prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks, natural disasters, and other emergencies.
  • provides federal, state, local, tribal and territorial responders and emergency managers with a wealth of information and front-line expertise on effective planning, training, and operational practices across homeland security functional areas. includes a library of exclusive documents and user-submitted materials related to all aspects of homeland security and emergency management.
  • Earthquakes
  • Floods
  • Tornadoes
  • Wildland Fires
  • Winter Hazards

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Tornado Refuge Areas in Existing Indiana K-12 Schools

  • Published in 2013 by the American Institute of Architects Indiana (AIA), Indiana School Safety Task Force, with assistance from members of the Indiana Department of Education.
  • It is suggested that school consult an architect or engineer to evaluate their buildings for tornado refuge areas because what often looks like the safest area of the school sometimes is actually not structurally sound.
  • This is intended to be a resource for school safety specialists and school administrators in Indiana K-12 schools in identifying tornado refuge areas. Specifically, there are suggestions for locating / improving / utilizing the “best available refuge areas” from tornadoes in existing buildings.

U.S. Fire Administration (USFA)

  • As an entity of the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency, the mission of the USFA is to provide national leadership to foster a solid foundation for our fire and emergency services stakeholders in prevention, preparedness, and response.
  • Fire Safety for Teachers



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