This week, SAMHSA is working to support the families and first responders of Moore, OK following the destructive tornado that struck this week. This event was on the heels of multiple tornadoes that impacted the nearby towns of Shawnee, Carney, Norman, Edmond and Day less than 24 hours prior. Especially difficult is the loss of young lives and the overwhelming destruction of homes and communities.
We wish solace and comfort to the students, families, school personnel and communities that have been directly impacted.
Attached are resources including information on tips for talking with children and youth after traumatic events. Such information can also be helpful to us as staff and those of us who are parents to help deal with the aftermath of such incidents. We are also spreading word about our disaster distress helpline – DDH - (800-985-5990) that can provide assistance 24/7. The DDH is answered by live personnel trained in responding to those in distress or crises.
There may be others outside of OK who are touched by these events, either directly or due to the extensive media coverage. Please feel free to share these resources to grantees or to others you think may find them useful. You can also direct individuals and organizations to SAMHSA’s website for additional information.
I continue to be impressed with our staff for pulling together to aide and assist others not only in time of crisis but, every day.
Thanks to all the SAMHSA staff working on response to this and other disasters, and to all of you for supporting them.
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: http://nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/activities_for_children_and_adolescents.pdf
Psychological First Aid for Schools: http://www.nctsn.org/content/psychological-first-aid-schoolspfa
Traumatic Grief factsheets for parents both in English and Spanish For Parents (2004) (PDF)
>En Español [Guía informativa para los padres sobre la aflicción traumática infantil (2004)]
Other Relevant Resources
For Mental Health Professionals
Working with Firefighters and Other First Responders www.helping-heroes.org (9-hour e-learning course)
Using TF-CBT with childhood traumatic grief. http://ctg.musc.edu (6-hour e-learning course)
For Responders Who are Being Activated
· Psychological First Aid Field Guide: http://www.nctsn.org/content/psychological-first-aid
· PFA Online http://learn.nctsn.org (6 hour e-learning course)
· PFA Mobile (mobile app downloadable on ITunes): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pfa-mobile/id551079424?mt=8&ls=1)
· Secondary Traumatic Stress: A fact sheet for Child Serving Professionals http://www.nctsn.org/products/secondary-traumatic-stress-fact-sheet-child-serving-professionals%20