Disaster Coping Resources:
Coping With a Traumatic Event
Online Charity Fraud -- By Regina Garson, Publisher Magic Stream.
Dealing with Physical Disaster:
American Red Cross Urges Public Health Precautions -- As storm-weary residents of the Gulf Coast region return to begin rebuilding their homes and their lives, the American Red Cross stresses that health and safety must be a paramount concern.
Catholic Charities USA -- The largest private network of social service organizations in the US works to support families, reduce poverty, and build communities. Site includes info on local resources.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- What you need to know to stay healthy.
DisasterHelp -- US Government resource to direct link
Federal Emergency Management Agency -- FEMA
HUD -- Resources and information on homeless assistance agencies.
Local Independent Charities - A federation of over 500 local nonprofit charitable organizations. This site will help you find organizations that meet your interests, present information about their missions and programs.
NAMI Responds to Hurricane Katrina -- Resources, Support, Education, and how you can either help or get help for Gulf Coast Consumers, Families, and Friends Living with Mental Illness.
The United Way -- Use the local and zip code search options to find information on aid that may be available in your area.
Trauma Treatment Manual -- Originally written for people working in the field with survivors of rape in Bosnia. Can be used as a guide for helping anyone who has survived any kind of trauma.
Helping Children After a Disaster. -- A catastrophe or violent act is frightening to children and adults alike. It is important to acknowledge the frightening parts of the disaster when talking with a child about it. Falsely minimizing the danger will not end a child's concerns.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) -- In children and adolescents.
PTSD And Older Veterans -- The phrase, "war is hell," only begins to describe how terrifying war is for military personnel.
When Disaster Strikes: Helping children cope with life at its worst -- Whether they see it on TV, or live through it themselves, children too have to cope and come to some level of acceptance and understanding in the face of disaster. This information is from the national PTA.
Addressing Emotional Consequences Of WTC Attacks -- This information could be useful in addressing the needs of survivors of any disaster.
Managing Traumatic Stress -- From the APA, what happens and how to cope after a disaster. How do you know when you need help?
Finding Lost Loved Ones
Family Links Register -- ICRC's website help those separated by conflict or disaster to find information about their loved ones in order to restore contact.
Missing and Found Children, Lost Loved Ones Hot Line -- U.S. Department of Justice is working with Natioinal Center for Missing and Exploited Children. See posted photos of children of Katrina with Hot Line: 1-888-544-5475
Search and Rescue, U.S. Coast Guard -- Requests for rescues of missing or stranded persons will be entered into the system, viewed by command center and prioritized as received.
National Next of Kin Registry -- Free US emergency contact system. You will need to register to locate loved ones or to be found.
Petfinder.com -- Disaster/Emergency Response: database to aid the pets affected by Hurricane Katrina.
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