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Meeting the unique needs of children during and after a disaster.

  1. Keep familiar routines to the extent possible.
  2. Take care of yourself: children do better when their caretakers are not stressed.
  3. Talk about the event with your child and as a family in an age-appropriate manner.
  4. Engage children in play activities such as drawings and story-telling
  5. Provide older children with constant updates of what is going on in regards to their ability to return to school and other activities that have been temporarily suspended.
  6. Listen carefully and observe your child’s behavior.
  7. Do not expose children to news and/or images of the disaster.
  8. Provide opportunities for children to see friends and supportive adults.
  9. Encourage children to express their thoughts and feelings through words, play, writing, drawing, and other mediums as appropriate.
  10. Notice changes in sleep, appetite, mood, and overall disposition.
    • If you notice a significant and persistent change in your child’s behavior, consider seeing a professional counselor.

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