How to help children cope with tornadoes, disaster
The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum has years of experience helping children cope with tragedy and disaster after the bombing April 19, 1995.
They have put together a few resources to help you help your children deal with Oklahoma’s recent devastating tornadoes.
Dr. Robin Gurwitch, an international expert on child grief, trauma and disaster mental health, worked with the Oklahoma City community following the bombing in 1995 and continues to work with Memorial staff as they reach out to those affected by this tragedy.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
Factsheets for Parents, Teachers, Children, and Teens
- After the Tornado: Helping Young Children Heal (PDF)
En Español [Después de Pasar por La Experiencia de Un Tornado]
- Parent Guidelines for Helping Children after a Tornado (PDF)
- Questions To Ask Your Children About the Tornado (PDF)
- Teacher Guidelines for Helping Students after a Tornado (PDF)
- Tornado Response for Kids: Right after a Tornado (PDF)
- Tornado Recovery for Kids: Making Things Better (PDF)
- Tornado Response for Teens: Right after a Tornado (PDF)
- Tornado Recovery for Teens: Making Things Better (PDF)
- Tips for Parents on Media Coverage of the Tornadoes(PDF)
Simplified Children’s Activities When No Power or When it is Not Safe to go Outside
Traumatic Grief Factsheets for Parents
- For Parents (2004) (PDF)
En Español [Guía informativa para los padres sobre la aflicción traumática infantil (2004)]
Psychological First Aid for Parents
Psychological First Aid for Teachers